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JAN 31, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Rights group says Russia's 2012 crackdown worst since Soviet era

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authoritarianism rose to levels unprecedented in recent history in 2012, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, assessing what it called the harshest crackdown on political freedoms in the country since the Soviet era. Russia introduced restrictive laws, harassed activists and interfered with non-governmental organizations during the year, which saw Vladimir Putin return to the Kremlin and former President Dmitry Medvedev appointed prime minister, the New York-based rights group said. "Since Putin's return ... ...

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