Lavrov blasts claims of Russia’s 'involvement' in Montenegro coup attempt as groundlessRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:55
Rosneft starts drilling first exploration well in IraqBusiness & Economy February 20, 13:38
Kremlin calls Ukrainian MP’s proposal for Russia to take Crimea on lease 'absurd'Russian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:34
Lavrov: US confirms Russian ambassador routinely wiretappedRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:15
Lavrov calls on UN to invite Moscow group of Syria’s opposition to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:11
Lavrov states Russia cannot take Crimea on lease from itselfRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 13:04
Press review: No breakthrough at Security Conference and no-fly list for troublemakersPress Review February 20, 13:00
Russia to complete testing assault rifles for Ratnik ‘soldier of future’ gear in summerMilitary & Defense February 20, 12:59
Thai police reel in Russian tourist for feeding fishSociety & Culture February 20, 12:45
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."