Law enforcement officials arrive for inspection at HRW Moscow office - deputy director

Tax and prosecution officials arrived at the Moscow office of Human Rights Watch (HRW) at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Rachel Denber, deputy director of HRW's Europe and Central Asia Division, told Interfax.

A wave of inspections of non-governmental organizations in Russia is underway, and HRW is among those being inspected, she said.

Denber described the inspections as pressure on civil society, which cannot be perceived otherwise.

Interfax has yet to obtain official commentaries from the law enforcement regarding the inspection of HRW's Moscow office.

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