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Human Rights in Russia: 2009


The United States is committed to engaging the Russian government on human rights and democracy issues. We speak out strongly 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. Below is a record of public statements made by U.S. officials raising concerns about Russia’s human rights and democracy record.


-12/31/09   Statement on the Detention of Human Rights Activists in Russia
-12/21/09  Car Explosion in Ingushetia Strikes Relatives of Late Human Rights Defender;  Department Spokesman Ian Kelly; Washington, DC
-12/14/09  Remarks on the Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Georgetown University's Gaston Hall; Washington, DC
-12/09/09  Secretary Clinton Honors Champions of Human Rights: Marks International Human Rights Day; Office of the Spokesman; Washington, DC
-11/26/09  Remarks at Oxford University;  Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns; Oxford University, United Kingdom
-10/29/09   Statement on Murder of Ingushetian Opposition/Human Rights Activist, Maksharip Aushev
-10/14/09  Interview With Ekho Moskvy Radio;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Moscow, Russia
-10/13/09  Remarks at Reception for Civil Society Leaders;  Hillary Rodham Clinton; Spaso House; Moscow, Russia
-10/12/09  Remarks En Route Moscow, Russia;  Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; En Route Moscow, Russia
-10/07/09  Third Anniversary of Death of Anna Politkovskaya;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Washington, DC
-09/03/09   Statement on Violence Against Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Russia
-07/16/09   Statement by Ambassador John Beyrle on the Murder of Natalya Estemirova
-07/16/09   Statement on Kidnapping and Murder of Russian Human Rights Activist Natalya Estemirova
-07/15/09   Russia: Killing of Human Rights Activist Natalya Estemirova
-07/07/09   Remarks by President Obama at New Economic School Graduation
-07/07/09   Remarks by President Obama at Parallel Civil Society Summit
-07/06/09   President Obama's Interview With Novaya Gazeta
-06/16/09  Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: An Overview of the Obama Administration's Policies in Europe;  Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Statement before the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Washington, DC
-04/02/09   Response to the Russian Delegation re: RFOM report
-04/01/09   Joint Statement by President Dmitriy Medvedev of the Russian Federation and President Barack Obama of the United States of America
-02/26/09   Remarks by Ambassador Beyrle at Moscow House of Journalists
-01/29/09   Statement on Anniversary of Deaths of Markelov and Baburova
-01/22/09   Statement about Murders of Human Rights Defenders in Russia

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