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State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year

Restrictions on freedom of expression, politically-motivated prosecutions, and government discrimination against minorities were among the most significant human rights problems in Russia last year, the U.S. State Department says in its newly-released human rights report for 2014. The report, released Thursday, says Russia's government last year used a variety of legislation to restrict freedom of speech and press, including new amendments to the law on extremism broadening the...

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