Russia says UN human rights office in Moscow is closing

March 12, 2016 7:15 PM

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GENEVA – Russian officials say the U.N. human rights office in Moscow is closing, an outcome the U.N.'s top human rights official had feared amid concerns about a government crackdown on public debate in Russia.

The Russian diplomatic mission in Geneva has confirmed a report from Russia's RIA Novosti news agency, saying a decision was made to end the OHCHR mission in Moscow.

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