Mediator denounces rights violations against the Russian-speaking community based in the United States – society & culture
MOSCOW, December 3. / TASS /. Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova has sounded the alarm bells over pressure exerted by US authorities against members of the Russian-speaking community and called on international human rights activists to note that the rights of Russians in the United States are violated.
“I am concerned about the unprecedented pressure exerted on members of the Russian-speaking community by the American authorities, which has resulted in multiple searches and interrogations of the Coordinating Council of Russian compatriots in the United States, ultimately forcing [it] to suspend its operations “, indicates the press release of the Russian mediator made available to TASS.
“I call on my colleagues, all representatives of the international human rights community, to note that the rights of compatriots located in the United States to preserve national cultural identity and to freely maintain ties to the United States. times within the diaspora and with their historic homeland have been violated, ”she underlined.
As the Ombudsperson noted, many members of the Russian-speaking community and members of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in the United States (KSORS) have been the target of investigations into alleged violations of the law on foreign agents. . “At the same time, the activity of KSORS has exclusively humanitarian purposes, directed towards the support of Russian compatriots, the preservation and popularization of the Russian language and of the cultural and historical heritage, and is carried out on a voluntary basis. type of activity cannot be considered a violation of US law, ”she stressed.
“I deeply regret that the complex political situation is still heated by these actions of US government agencies which continue to exert unfounded pressure on members of the Russian-speaking diaspora,” she concluded.
On November 18, the Coordinating Council of Russian compatriots in the United States announced its suspension of activities after more than “a year of active and national measures by the FBI targeting more than 300 members of the Russian community, from students to individuals. elderly ”. According to the Council, several of its members and representatives of the Russian community have been investigated for “violations of FARA law”.