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U.S. Department of State

Diplomacy in Action

Human Rights in Russia


The United States is committed to engaging the Russian government and Russian society on issues of democracy and human rights. As President Obama said in July 2009, “Americans and Russians have a common interest in the development of rule of law, the strengthening of democracy, and the protection of human rights.”

When appropriate, we speak out to condemn abuses of human and civil rights, calling attention to both individual cases and broader issues, such as the rule of law and corruption. Please click on a year to the left to review public statements made by Administration officials about Russia’s record on human rights and democracy.


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