MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of a-based human rights group accused on Wednesday of “bureaucratic harassment” of civil groups critical of the Kremlin after he was denied a visa to travel to .
The comments by Human Rights Watch head Kenneth Roth came two weeks before a presidential election opposition groups say furnishes‘s chosen successor with blanket media coverage. ‘s human rights watchdog, the , has opted not to field observers, citing lack of official cooperation.
Roth had been due to present a report in Moscow that said new laws on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were being used to crack down on groups the Kremlin does not like.
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