Member of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights Alexander Brod has presented a report of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights about human rights violations against Russians living in Western countries on Wednesday, TASS reported.
"Human rights violations against Russians who temporarily or permanently live outside the Russian Federation have grown in number considerably in recent years. They are comprehensive and concern a variety of problems, including illegal detentions and arrests, creating obstacles for diplomatic and journalist work, interference with private life, slander and provocations," the report says. The human rights activists link this trend to the fact that "currently Russia is involved in a massive confrontation against the West, which is the largest since the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union."
The report contains a few sections devoted to the most popular types of human rights violations, for example illegal arrests of Russian citizens and doubtful rulings issued by American courts (Viktor But and Konstantin Yaroshenko’s cases), the expulsion of Russian documents, the persecution of Russian journalists and human rights activists and taking children away from families of Russian citizens.
"Discriminatory actions against Russian citizens living abroad vary. These are pressure over the freedom of speech, unlawful extraditions, interference with private life and hampering professional and public activity (diplomatic, economic, human rights and scientific,)" the authors of the document noted.