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Human Rights in Russia: 2011


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.


-12/16/11   Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Phone Call with Russian President Medvedev
-12/14/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 14, 2011
-12/14/11  Press Gaggle Following Testimony on the State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia;  Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Following Testimony before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Washington, DC
-12/14/11  Secretary Clinton Joins PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer in a Discussion at the "Innovation and the Global Marketplace: A Discussion on American Innovation, Trade, and the Next 10 Million Jobs";  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; The Newseum; Washington, DC
-12/14/11  The State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia: U.S. Policy Options;  Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Statement before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Washington, DC
-12/14/11  U.S. Policy on Supporting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia; Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas O. Melia, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Statement Before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Washington, DC
-12/13/11   White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
-12/12/11   White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
-12/09/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 9, 2011
-12/09/11   White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
-12/08/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 8, 2011
-12/08/11  Press Availability in Brussels, Belgium;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Brussels, Belgium
-12/08/11   White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
-12/07/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 7, 2011
-12/06/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 6, 2011
-12/06/11  Remarks at the Civil Society Meet and Greet;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Tolerance Center; Vilnius, Lithuania
-12/06/11  Remarks at the OSCE First Plenary Session;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; LitExpo Conference Center; Vilnius, Lithuania
-12/05/11   Daily Press Briefing - December 5, 2011
-12/05/11  Remarks at the Bonn Conference Center;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bonn Conference Center; Bonn, Germany
-12/05/11   White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
-12/02/11   Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Russian Government Harassment of Golos
-12/01/11   Statement on LGBT Legislation in the Russian Federation
-11/16/11  Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Sergei Magnitskiy; Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-10/13/11   Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Age
-10/06/11  Five-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya; Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-07/28/11   U.S. Policy and the OSCE: Making Good on Our Commitments in the Human Dimension
-07/26/11   Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia on Eastern European Democracy
-07/15/11   Promises We Keep Online: Internet in the OSCE Region
-07/15/11  Remembering Nataliya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov; Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-06/22/11  Russian Ministry of Justice's Refusal to Register the Party of People's Freedom (PARNAS);  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Washington, DC
-06/07/11   Assistant Secretary Posner's Remarks to the U.S. - Russia Civil Society Working Group
-06/07/11   Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia at the Conference on Journalists' Safety in the OSCE Region
-06/02/11   Statement on Concern About Freedom of Assembly in Russia
-05/29/11  Concern About Freedom of Assembly in Russia; Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner, Office of the Spokesman; Washington, DC Also available in Russian
-05/27/11  Remarks to Russian Human Rights Activists Visiting Washington;  Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Washington, DC
-04/08/11  Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010;  Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Washington, DC
-04/08/11  Remarks to the Press on the Release of the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Washington, DC
-04/08/11  Remarks to the Press on the Release of the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices;  Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Washington, DC
-04/07/11   Statement on Strategy 31 Protests in Russia
-03/31/11   Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Strategy 31 Protests in Russia
-03/17/11   Response to Report by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic
-03/16/11   Remarks by Ambassador Beyrle at the 3rd Annual ACI Anti-Corruption Summit
-03/14/11   Op-ed by Vice President Biden in the International Herald Tribune: The Next Steps in the U.S.-Russia Reset
-03/10/11   Response to the Russian Federation Regarding Freedom of Religion and Belief in the United States
-03/10/11   Vice President Biden's Remarks at Moscow State University
-03/03/11   Statement on Freedom of Religion in the OSCE
-03/02/11  Inaugural Session of the Media Sub-Working Group for the U.S.-Russia Binational Presidential Commission;  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale; Charles Hotel; Cambridge, MA
-02/10/11  Interview With Interfax of Russia;  Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns; Moscow, Russia
-02/03/11   Statement on Events Surrounding "Strategy 31" Protests in the Russian Federation
-01/31/11   Statement from National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Events Surrounding "Strategy 31" Protests
-01/27/11   Statement on Nemtsov and Yashin Sentencing
-01/20/11   Statement on Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Verdicts
-01/03/11   Comments on Arrest of Boris Nemtsov

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