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Russia’s Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders Escalates

Expand File photo: Human rights activist Lev Ponomarev speaks to the media at the For Human Rights movement headquarters in Moscow, Russia. On November 1, 2019 Russia's Supreme Court granted the Justice Ministry's demand to shut down the organization. © AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, June 22, 2013. Today, Russia’s Supreme Court granted the Justice Ministry’s demand to shut down one of the most prominent rights groups in the country – the Movement for Human Rights. The ruling, in keeping with government policy, delivers another severe blow to Russian human rights defenders, who have been…

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