Russia closed the UN Human Rights Office in Moscow


Russian diplomatic mission in Geneva confirmed that the UN Human Rights Office in Moscow is closed. This was announced on March 12 by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, reports Radіo Svoboda (“Radio Freedom” – RRT).

Before that, on March 10, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein expressed concerns about the possible closure of the Moscow office.

Russian Ambassador Alexey Borodavkin, quoted by RIA Novosti, stated that “We (Russia) do not see anything unusual” in the closing of the Moscow office of Human Rights.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has not released an urgent response to this decision, that was approved at the time of strengthening the crackdown in Russia. The work of human rights defenders and independent journalists becomes more complicated in the country, while civil debates become impossible.