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U.S. rights campaigner denied entry into Russia

February 20, 2008
By Conor Sweeney

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of a New York-based human rights group accused Russia on Wednesday of “bureaucratic harassment” of civil groups critical of the Kremlin after he was denied a visa to travel to Moscow.

The comments by Human Rights Watch head Kenneth Roth came two weeks before a presidential election opposition groups say furnishes Vladimir Putin‘s chosen successor with blanket media coverage. Europe‘s human rights watchdog, the OSCE, 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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