Moscow shocked by U.S. torture report - Foreign Ministry

Moscow is shocked by a report made public in the U.S. on torture at secret CIA prisons and believes both the U.S. authorities and the governments of the countries where torture was applied are responsible for human rights violations, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said in a commentary.

Moscow is shocked by a report made public in the U.S. on torture at secret CIA prisons and believes both the U.S. authorities and the governments of the countries where torture was applied are responsible for human rights violations, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said in a commentary.

"We have examined the 528-page version of the U.S. Senate report on torture at secret CIA prisons published on December 9. Its content is shocking, especially considering that, as is known, the document had been previously edited by the Barack Obama administration," Dolgov said.

"The information that has been publicized is yet another confirmation of gross and systemic human rights violations on the part of the American authorities. Despite the fact that this Inquisition-style torture was carried out by CIA agents outside U.S. territory, this does not exempt them from principal responsibility for such deliberate actions. Simultaneously, the question arises about the involvement in these crimes of the governments of those countries (their names have been prudently erased from the report) that agreed to host the secret prisons," Dolgov said.

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