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Human rights activist, not spy

Human rights activist, not spy

In an article in Foreign Policy, Tanya Lokshina, senior researcher and deputy director at the Moscow office of Human Rights Watch and longtime NHC cooperator, looks at the current political crackdown sweeping Russia following Vladimir Putin’s May 7 presidential inauguration.

Lokshina describes the consequences of Russia’s new Foreign Agents law, which requiries non-governmental organizations receiving foreign funding to register as “foreign agents”, and the dangers of the law being coupled with the new law on treason.

In her opinion, Russia is increasingly moving back towards the Soviet past.

Human Rights Watch, she says in her article, has not seen anything similar to the current situation in its 20 years of on-the-ground human rights monitoring in post-Soviet Russia.

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