Human Rights in Russia
In May 2012, Vladimir Putin was re-elected president after mass protests over alleged electoral fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary elections. Since that time, the human rights situation in Russia has continued to steadily deteriorate. Anti-government protests have been met with a series of repressive laws restricting freedom of expression and association. Civil society is experiencing a crackdown, while opposition figures and human rights defenders are facing frequent harassment and intimidation. There has been little progress in investigating and prosecuting attacks on journalists and whistleblowers, while violence and impunity in Russia’s restive North Caucasus region remain a major problem.
In addition to assessing these systematic human rights abuses in Russia, this hearing will evaluate U.S. policy towards the country.
If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
Ms. Susan Corke, Director for Eurasia Programs, Freedom House
Mr. William Browder, Chief Executive Director, Hermitage Capital Management
Ms. Tanya Lokshina, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch (Moscow)
Ms. Fatima Tlisova, Correspondent, Voice of America's Russian Service