Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Russian authorities have developed a “sophisticated system of restrictions and harsh reprisals to suppress public protests,” according to human rights group Amnesty International.

His latest report found that things have gotten worse since President Vladimir Putin returned to power in 2012, and the media is not the only target. Citizens and organizations were also repressed.

Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia researcher, said the situation had continued to deteriorate since the poisoning and imprisonment of dissident Alexei Navalny in 2020.

“The Kremlin saw Navalny as a dangerous person for them,” she said.

“[He] could potentially lead to discontent and potentially lead to a protest that would question government policy and practice and laws, hence the interest in him being isolated, essentially,” she explained.

Since Russia’s war in Ukraine, information control has been central to her regime. Amnesty International said the exclusion of independent media and human rights monitors meant the government could almost completely control the narrative.

Over the past few years, the authorities have established a legislative system that limits freedom of expression in Russia. The non-governmental association added that these days, the police are making higher demands more and more often.

“If the international community is silent, it increases repression,” Ms. Prilutskaya said. “This makes it possible to crystallize the kind of ‘consensus’ in society that Putin and his government are always so proud of.”

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