It Was the conclusion of an international human rights organization Human Rights Watch
According to human rights activists, 2012 was the deadliest in human rights in the modern history of Russia. The result was a series of restrictive laws passed by the State Duma.
"This year was the worst for human rights in Russia, for all its recent history. Russian civil society in a shrinking living space than ever in need of support, "- said the director of HRW's Europe and Central Asia Williamson. The authorities of the Russian Federation "harassed and intimidated activists intervene in the activities of non-governmental organizations." "All this is dispelled hopes for reform that emerged in late 2011, in particular in the wake of mass protests" - report says.
As the RBC news agency, the Russian authorities blamed for the imposition of sanctions against the violation of the order of organizing and holding mass actions taken in June 2012. Annoys defenders also restoration of criminal libel, the introduction of additional restrictions on Internet content, the law on NGOs, "swamp" the process, the criminal cases against Alexei Navalny and Leonid Razvozzhaeva. "Rather than remove and prevent violations of human rights, the government is wasting time and energy on revenge activists over citizenship and criticism," - said the representative of HRW.
Followed by the reaction of the Russian Foreign Ministry to publish the report data Human Rights Watch. According to RIA Novosti, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said: "I have not read the report itself. But if it is concluded, or someone wants to conclude that somewhere somehow bad, leave it to the conscience of the compilers themselves. "
According to Lukashevich, will soon officially comment on the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Human Rights Watch.