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Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups
- The Battle Chronicle
For the past four years, the Kremlin has sought to stigmatize criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous.
It is part of a sweeping crackdown to silence critical voices that has included new legal restrictions on the internet, on freedom of expression, on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and on other fundamental freedoms.
An enduring, central feature has been the 2012 law requiring independent groups to register as “foreign agents” if…