Rights group: Russia’s crackdown on dissent is getting positively Soviet

posted at 5:11 pm on January 31, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Mitt Romney got a good deal of flak during the election season for calling Russia “our number one geopolitical foe,” but it turns out that the bigger headlines about jailing free-thinking punk rockers, seeking an international agreement on Internet restrictions, using their regional energy dominance to exert untoward influence, and banning Westerners from Russian adoption is really just the tip of a nefarious iceberg.

At an annual meeting on Thursday, a human rights group claimed that Russia has had a pretty banner year — but not in a good way, via Reuters:

Authoritarianism increased last year in Russia to levels unseen since the Soviet era with a raft of harsh laws curbing political freedoms and harassment of opposition activists and critics, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

The crackdown coincided with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the appointment of his predecessor and protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, as prime minister, according to the New York-based group. …

Speaking at a news conference in Moscow accompanying the publication of its annual report on human rights worldwide, Denber also criticized the government’s stance toward the West.

Since Putin started a six-year term in May, he has signed laws restricting protests, demanding foreign-funded non-governmental organizations register as “foreign agents,” and setting new rules on treason that critics say could place almost anyone who associates with foreigners at risk of prosecution.

So, which cautious approach to our Russian foriegn policy would we prefer: “Russia, this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. They — they fight every cause for the world’s worst actors,” versus “After my election, I have more flexibility”?

As we see time and time again, authoritarian-leaning regimes are not very receptive to many manners of criticism. Russia’s poignant response to the accusations of human rights abuses?

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich… said the Russian ministry’s own annual reports have shown that “there are serious systemic problems in the sphere of human rights in the United States and many European Union countries.”

“Before you criticize others, you should look at yourself,” Lukashevich said at a weekly briefing.


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Russia meet AmeriKa.

Pravda has more credibility than the US media of today.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Just a reminder:

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is my last election. And after my election, I have more flexibility.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/2012/03/27/obama-medvedev-more-flexibility-after-election#ixzz2Jaw2j8q0

njrob on January 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

As we see time and time again, authoritarian-leaning regimes are not very receptive to many manners of criticism…

“Steve Kroft to the white courtesy phone…

… Mr. Kroft, white courtesy phone, please!”

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

“there are serious systemic problems in the sphere of human rights in the United States and many European Union countries.”

He’s right. There are too many who want to deny us the right to keep and bear arms. And want to confiscate the fruits of our labors through high tax rates.

rbj on January 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I wouldn’t trust this POS as far as I could throw him. It also pissed me off that Bush played too nice with this clown as well.

gsherin on January 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Oh please who is surprised at this? I have a name and three letters for you…Putin…KGB. Many enter but none ever really leave.

Deanna on January 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich… said the Russian ministry’s own annual reports have shown that “there are serious systemic problems in the sphere of human rights in the United States and many European Union countries.”

Yep, we’ve heard that before. Soviet Russia V2.0. Sounds just like their old propaganda. I guess we are looking at a more fascist state than communist this time.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Rusky Pinko’s Crack-down on Pussy Riot!

From DownUnder!

Russia acts to ban Pussy Riot videos
Feb 1 2013
**********

Russia has moved to ban videos by Pussy Riot punks as extremist after a court rejected a complaint by a freed member of the band, paving the way for the possible blocking of websites. It is an offence to distribute or publish anything from the Justice Ministry’s blacklist, but it is not yet clear how the ban will be implemented. The videos include one showing the women’s performance in Moscow’s Church of Christ the Saviour. A video of this has been viewed on YouTube almost 2.5 million times. Google, which owns YouTube, said after the November ruling it could only decide on whether to block video materials when given copies of court documents listing specific links.

AFP
====

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/russia-acts-to-ban-pussy-riot-videos-20130131-2dno4.html#ixzz2Jax3iutZ

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Russia is good at propaganda but Obama surpasses Goebbels, by far.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

They can’t flee to the USA anymore.

tom daschle concerned on January 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

This is what flexibility looks like. They’re still the USSR; they just have better PR now. Must have hired the DNC image consultants.

Philly on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Stalinists 2.0, rebranded

Philly on January 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Russia has nothing on the PC America. Our MSM makes Pravda look like a free press.

unseen on January 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I doubt most people even understand what freedom means anymore.

unseen on January 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is my last election. And after my election, I have more flexibility.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/2012/03/27/obama-medvedev-more-flexibility-after-election#ixzz2Jaw2j8q0

njrob on January 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Under the BO administration we will skip becoming UK dhimmis and just jump into complete communist servitude. Why waste time?

Cody1991 on January 31, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Russian court orders Pussy Riot videos be banned from Internet
Reuters – Wed, Jan 30, 2013
***************************

http://news.yahoo.com/russian-court-orders-pussy-riot-videos-banned-internet-185231897.html

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

What could go wrong…?

Biden and Donilon preparing for new nuclear discussions with Russia

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

**************Alert,Cruz is back,questioning Hagel************

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/obama-nominates-chuck-hagel-for-defense-secretary

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I doubt most people even understand what freedom means anymore.

unseen on January 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Let’s tell them. :)

Let’s try to answer all our own hard questions, too.

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

************* Benghazi Alert *********8

The Hill ‏@thehill

Panetta to testify on #Benghazi http://bit.ly/11b94FN by @CMunozTheHill & @JHerbTheHill

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Right now, all we can give terrorists are fighter jets. We’re going to have to work with other nations if we are going to get them aircraft carriers.

Don’t be such an isolationist. :)

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Killary would send Putin another reset button, but sadly her hammer-toe has flared up and she’s been limping around something awful; maybe next week.

Bishop on January 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM

RESET

redshirt on January 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

So, we’re just suppose to believe whatever any “Rights” group says?

ninjapirate on January 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Putin and Medvedev spend their Sunday afternoons sitting around the Kremlin making fun of Obama and telling dirty jokes about Hillary and John Kerry. And there’s an office pool on who gets to embarrass Chuck Hagel first.

Curtiss on January 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

What could go wrong…?

Biden and Donilon preparing for new nuclear discussions with Russia

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Seven Percent Solution:*Nuts*,btw,its in AP’s hands,——:)

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Peregruzka!

Perezagruzka!

Oh, fuhgeddaboudit.

Pork-Chop on January 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Right now, all we can give terrorists are fighter jets. We’re going to have to work with other nations if we are going to get them aircraft carriers.

Don’t be such an isolationist. :)

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Axe:)
=====

Wash. Free Beacon ‏@FreeBeacon

VIDEO: Rand Paul Talks About Sending F-16s to Egypt http://bit.ly/Xp9SQL

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Russia has always been a pitiful place and always will be:

It’s in its national character to be so.

Hard-wired.

Depend on it.

Sherman1864 on January 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM

So, we’re just suppose to believe whatever any “Rights” group says?

ninjapirate on January 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Nope. But Soviet history is a good start…try Putin and KGB. As my Dad said after my cousin “disappeared” into a Gulag, “never disagree with the KGB.”

Deanna on January 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Russia’s crackdown on dissent is getting positively Soviet

Meh, Russian crackdowns on dissent predate the soviets.

Gee, maybe what the Russians really miss having is a Czar.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 6:43 PM

VIDEO: Rand Paul Talks About Sending F-16s to Egypt http://bit.ly/Xp9SQL

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

:)

— Bad link??

dug this one: http://freebeacon.com/sen-paul-on-failure-of-amendment-to-prohibit-transfer-of-f-16s-to-egypt/

:(

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

:)

— Bad link??

dug this one: http://freebeacon.com/sen-paul-on-failure-of-amendment-to-prohibit-transfer-of-f-16s-to-egypt/

:(

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Axe:Bummer,I’ll double-check zee linky next time,thanks,and oops!:)

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Putin does what Obama only dreams of doing. Because for Obama, the ends justify the means.

Paul-Cincy on January 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

As we see time and time again, authoritarian-leaning regimes are not very receptive to many manners of criticism

…KGB…EPA…what’s the difference?

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Did Putin throw anyone in jail for mocking a 6th century religious character?

Buddahpundit on January 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Rights group: Russia’s crackdown on dissent is getting positively Soviet

So is ours.

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

So, we’re just suppose to believe whatever any “Rights” group says?

ninjapirate on January 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Of course.

Foxhound on January 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Bush looked into his eyes and trusted him. Obama has more freedom to work with him now.

Ain’t our presidents great or what?

Sherman1864 on January 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Rights group: Russia’s crackdown on dissent is getting positively Soviet

Obama seen taking copious notes.

VorDaj on January 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

“Pravda has more credibility than the US media of today.”

You remind me of this OWS idiot http://www.mrctv.org/videos/occupier-thanks-former-soviet-citizen-converting-him-capitalism-pro-israel-pro-usa

Jabba The Cat on February 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

So, we’re just suppose to believe whatever any “Rights” group says?

ninjapirate on January 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Of course.

Foxhound on January 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

It would, of course have a lot more credibility if carney, obama, pelosi or reid said it. It would also have full credibility if MSNBC, CNN, NYT, Gannet, ABC, NBC, CBS stated it. You could just count it as fact.

acyl72 on February 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

“Before you criticize others, you should look at yourself,” Lukashevich said at a weekly briefing.

And stick to a low-polonium diet.

David Blue on February 1, 2013 at 8:41 AM