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Russian Rights Activists Denounce Counterterrorist Legislation

Russia’s parliament has approved a package of controversial amendments to its existing counterterrorism laws despite strong criticism from human rights activists, including the head of the Russian president’s rights council. The amendments were passed last week by the State Duma, the parliament’s lower chamber, and on Wednesday by the Federation Council, the upper chamber. President Vladimir Putin must sign the legislation in order for it to become law. The amendments make it a...

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