Svetlana Ganushkina of Memorial told a Paris news conference that the abuse of human rights in Russia is "not an accident, it is not the exception, it is not a lapse, but the rule."
The report, 109 pages in its Russian-language version, urges Russian authorities to investigate abuses in Chechnya.
FIDH Executive Director Antoine Bernard said the leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany, and the European Union should "give the same priority to human rights as they give gas."
Anna Politkovskaya at RFE/RL in July 2006 (RFE/RL)
A BRAVE VOICE SILENCED. Prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed on October 7 in her Moscow apartment building. An outspoken critic of the Kremlin, she was best-known for her reporting on the conflict in Chechnya. Former Soviet President Gorbachev called her slaying "a true political homicide, a vendetta."