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SBD Global/August 26, 2013/Olympics
Vladimir Putin Creates 'Forbidden Zone' To Thwart Terrorist Threat At 2014 Sochi Olympics
Published August 26, 2013
'DRACONIAN' LAW: REUTERS reported that human rights activists said that "the restrictions were draconian." Legal aid group AGORA Chair Pavel Chikov said that barring cars from outside Sochi "restricts Russians' freedom of movement and the ban on most public gatherings violates their constitutional right to free assembly" (REUTERS, 8/24). The AP's Nataliya Vasilyeva reported rights organizations "have voiced concerns about what they described as the 'harassment and intimidation of civil society' advocates in Sochi." Human Rights Watch said in a statement environmental, human rights and other activists have been "the targets of attacks, detention for peaceful protests and police searches" (AP, 8/24).