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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

European Liberals Condemn the Kremlin

RIA Novosti reports that the liberal wing of the Council of Europe has condemned Putin's Russia for its profligate attack on human rights:

STRASBOURG, June 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is not fulfilling its obligations to the Council of Europe, the leader of a liberal group of delegates to the council's Parliamentary Assembly said Monday.

Matyas Eörsi said he was dissatisfied with the situation in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya, the refugee problem in neighboring Ingushetia, cases of army hazing, and above all Russia's failure to fully abolish the death penalty.

Eörsi refused to go into detail, but mentioned the breaking-up of a gay pride parade in Moscow May 27.

One hundred and twenty people were detained when police broke up a Gay Pride parade in the Russian capital, sparking critical comments from the West.

He said he did not intend to compare attitudes to sexual minorities in Russia and countries like the Netherlands, but highlighted the importance of freedom of assembly and urged Moscow to fulfill its obligations.

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