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Russia: Thorbjørn Jagland outlines civil society concerns

In Moscow earlier today, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, set out his concerns over the situation of civil society in Russia and the future of Europe’s human rights convention system.

In his speech to the annual conference of the Russian Regional Human Rights Ombudsmen, Jagland said: “In these fragmented times, I want our partnership to be a source of encouragement for all those still seek a Europe free of dividing lines, strengthened by co-operation, in which millions of people benefit from being part of a common, legal space.”

The Secretary General addressed the conference after his meetings yesterday with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Speaker of the Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko, senior members of government and civil society representatives.

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