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The UN accuses Russia of intimidating those who oppose the war and undermining fundamental freedoms

Kremlin calls UN criticism of Moscow "unfounded".

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The UN accuses Russia of intimidating those who oppose the war and undermining fundamental freedoms

Kremlin calls UN criticism of Moscow "unfounded"

MADRID, 12 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The acting High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Nada al Nashif, has accused the Russian Government on Monday of "intimidating and imposing restrictive measures and sanctions against those who express their opposition to the war in Ukraine" and has warned that Moscow is "undermining the constitutional exercise of fundamental freedoms" of the population.

Among these rights, he explained, are the freedom of expression and association. Thus, he has lamented the growing pressure exerted against journalists and the media and has pointed out that Moscow has incurred in "various forms of censorship that are incompatible with media pluralism."

"We ask Russia to reconsider the measures imposed to expand the category of 'foreign agent' ... to criminalize individuals allegedly under foreign influence," he said.

For his part, the Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has called these accusations "unfounded" and has rejected Al Nashif's words. "We are not going to take these types of comments into account. We believe they are unfounded," he said before pointing out that "it is impossible to take them into account since they omit the violations committed by other countries and that they are related to the violation of the rights of our citizens and our media," he maintained.

"This type of subjective positions cannot be taken into account by us," he clarified.

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