US House of Representatives passes bill to toughen sanctions on RussiaWorld July 26, 1:09
Diplomat blasts US media reports on Russia's alleged arms supplies to TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 21:39
Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanksMilitary & Defense July 25, 21:18
Sports minister hopes for Russia’s membership reinstatement with IAAF before 2018Sport July 25, 20:47
The highlights of 2017 FINA World ChampionshipsSport July 25, 19:37
IAAF to hear report on Russia’s reinstatement ahead of 2017 Athletics World ChampionshipSport July 25, 19:25
EU Council to discuss Nord Stream 2 project in SeptemberBusiness & Economy July 25, 19:13
Berlin preparing common European response to Siemens turbines supplies to Crimea — sourceBusiness & Economy July 25, 18:49
Finnish president: Dialog with Putin is direct and clearWorld July 25, 18:22
MOSCOW, March 20 /TASS/. Russia has urged Amnesty International not to invent non-existent problems and pay attention to the catastrophic situation with freedom of expression and media freedom in Ukraine, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry Ombudsman for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, told TASS on Friday.
In its 2014 annual report, Amnesty International claimed that Russia had imposed restrictions on the freedom of expression and the activities of journalists in Crimea.
Dolgov said he had carefully studied the document, especially its Russian and Ukrainian sections.
"What catches the eye is clear distortion of facts, a biased approach and open double standards," the diplomat stressed.
"The loud accusations of Amnesty International Human Rights Activists which cannot be proven by facts are reflecting the vicious line of some Western states to ignore Russia’s full-scale positive work aimed at strengthening society’s democratic foundations," Dolgov said.
"After Crimea’s reunification with Russia, its multinational population got real and imaginary guarantees that their rights and freedoms will be provided in full measure for the first time in more than 20 years. Unfortunately, that does not interest the Amnesty International human rights activists," the ombudsman stressed.
He urged Amnesty International "not to invent non-existent problems but dive into analysis of the catastrophic human rights situation, including freedom of expression and media freedom, in Ukraine."