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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on Crackdown of Russian Protestors

Mar 29, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Sires released the following statement on the Russian crackdown of protestors over the past weekend:

 “This past weekend’s protests across Russia that resulted in the violent crackdown by Putin’s thugs serve as a reminder that Russian citizens are truly not free.  Over a thousand Russians, many of them young people, were violently corralled into prisons on Sunday after expressing their frustration with the corrupt regime.  Basic human rights include the freedom of expression and assembly.  It is clear that Putin and his cronies will stamp out dissent at any cost.

I strongly condemn these actions by the Russian government and urge the Trump Administration to ensure our global partners that America will not tolerate a blatant disregard for human rights.  When Secretary Tillerson visits Moscow next month, he should make it clear that America will not align ourselves with a country that has no regard for the rule of law.”