Friday, May 24, 2013

Russia: US Religious Freedom Report ‘Politicized’

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday dismissed as “politicized” the Religious Freedom Report recently published by the US Department of State and said that such documents incite religious conflicts. The annual report, released on Monday, mentions Russia among several countries around the world including Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Cuba, Iran and China that it says imposed restrictions on freedom of religion last year. Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, said in a statement that the State Department’s report “offers a distorted and politicized picture of the state of religious freedoms in 2012, by replacing the thorough analysis of reasons for religious intolerance with ill-founded accusations directed at numerous states, including Russia.”

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