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Dissident confronts Putin's justice minister

Dissident confronts Putin's justice minister
in UN review of Russian rights record

GENEVA, September 21, 2018 — Russian justice minister Alexander Konovalov was confronted in a UN debate today by one of his country's most prominent dissidents.

Pro-democracy activist, author and film-maker Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was twice poisoned and nearly killed in Moscow, refuted the Kremlin's assertions as he took the floor at the invitation of the Swiss-based human rights group UN Watch.
Konovalov presented his country's record before a quadrennial mandatory review of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, saying that the Putin government "was committed to protect civil society actors."

However, Kara-Murza told the UN meeting, in Russia unwelcome NGOs are designated as “foreign agents,” the right to free elections "has become a sham," and peaceful demonstrators "are detained and beaten up — not only with police batons, but also with Cossack whips." Russia's law enforcement system, he said, "has turned into an instrument of repression."

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