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“While the world focuses on the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s troubling role in those events, no one should overlook what has been a disturbing week of abuses in Russia itself,” Santos said.

In particular, she mentioned the recent inclusion of several NGOs on the ‘foreign agents list’, including the Memorial human rights center.

Santos also pointed out that “the sentencing of leading opposition figures in connection with the infamous Bolotnaya case sends the message that in the political sphere as well, there is ever-shrinking room and ever-increasing risk for dissent.”

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