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Russia slams U.S. for human rights violations

(Xinhua)

10:50, October 30, 2012

MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. adopted wrong approach to human rights protection with intervention of other countries' internal affairs, Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Foreign Ministry Special Envoy for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov accused the U.S. of violating the basic international principle of state sovereignty.

"This is one of the reasons why (Moscow) has taken a decision to shutdown USAID activity in Russia," Dolgov said in an interview published at the Ministry's website.

In September, Russia accused the U.S. official aid agency of trying to influence Russia's domestic political affairs and ended its activities from October.

According to Dolgov, the U.S. authorities repeatedly violated the rights of journalists, put pressures on the mass media policy. It could hardly be called "an example of democracy."

"No one has a monopoly on setting human rights canons. The U.S. faces such challenges as social inequality, race, ethnic and religious discrimination, rise of xenophobia and racism, indefinite imprisonment with no charges filed," Dolgov said.

He also accused the U.S. of maintaining a biased judicial system, running the prisons outside formal legal field jurisdiction, exercising tortures, governmental attempts to influence the judges, electoral rights restrictions, and infringement into the private lives of citizens.

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