State Duma deputy: Russia spoils U.S. with its failure to criticize flagrant human rights violations

Russia will be firm and consistent in pointing to human rights violations in the United States, State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov said in comment on the Monday parliamentary hearings on human rights violations in the U.S.

"We have spoiled the Americans with keeping silent about these violations for the past 20 years. Yeltsin tried to make Clinton laugh and he laughed at us. In short, we wanted to wriggle into U.S. favor and to gain its approval and they (the Americans) got accustomed to that; so, whenever we speak about flagrant human rights violations in the U.S., they are shocked and think we go too far," he said.

The United States should honor human rights itself before trying to teach anyone how to do that, Pushkov said.

He opposed constant claims of the U.S. authorities about the incomplete media freedom in Russia. When the U.S. waged war on Iraq, "the entire U.S. media claimed that country had nuclear weapons," he recalled.

The same is happening now with regard to Syria, he said. "The Americans have an absolutely one-sided position and their media acts as if it were an ideological arm of the U.S.," he said.

The U.S. media alleged that former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was guilty of the death of 6,000 Libyan citizens, he said. "They wrote that Qaddafi was responsible for 6,000 deaths, but the bodies were never found and the theme was forgotten," he said.

"The single voice of the U.S. media is amazing, it shows that the media simply serves the policy of the national authorities," he said.

As for the nearly complete presidential race in the United States, Pushkov said that the possible victory of Mitt Romney would signify "obvious regress" of the United States.

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