Interview with Tom Porteous

The British Foreign Office has included Russia on a list of 22 countries where human rights is a concern. Tom Porteous, London director of Human Rights Watch, spoke to RT about why Russia was included.

“We are very concerned about the shrinking of the political space, about the conduct of the recent elections, about the clampdown on the press, particularly the broadcast media and just before the elections we released our report on the clampdown on NGOs, the way in which the Russian government put bureaucratic hurdles in the way of local and international NGOs operating in Russia, and the Foreign Office report picks up on that and we feel that it is justified,” Porteous said.

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