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Russia: Detentions of Protesters in Russia


Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 1, 2010

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The United States is concerned by reports that authorities in Moscow on January 31 once again broke up a peaceful demonstration by Russian citizens. The detention of at least 100 protestors, including prominent human rights defenders and opposition political leaders, together with reports of mistreatment against some of the demonstrators, constitutes another blow against freedom of speech and assembly, which are universal and fundamental rights that deserve to be protected and promoted.

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PRN: 2010/127

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