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HRW Calls For Investigation Into Raid On Russia Rights Group

For Human Rights movement leader Lev Ponomaryov has said the eviction order was illegal.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Russian authorities to stop harassing a leading human rights group and investigate a recent raid on its office.

In a statement on July 2, the New York-based organization called on Moscow to look into a raid in late June on the office of For Human Rights on the pretext that the group's lease agreement had been terminated.

HRW official Hugh Williamson called the move "a part of the unprecedented crackdown by the Kremlin on its critics."

The raid coincides with a campaign against nongovernmental organizations.

Hundreds of them have been subjected to intrusive inspections to determine whether they are "foreign agents" as defined under a new law.

More than 60 organizations face sanctions and reprimands for failing to register as "foreign agents" and related compliance failures.

See RFE/RL's continuing coverage of the crackdown on NGOs
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