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June 2011

In U.S.-Russia Dialogue On Human Rights, A Tougher Tone Comes Through

Radio Free Europe

The latest session of a high-ranking U.S.-Russia dialogue on human rights included frank exchanges on press freedom and corruption, according to a senior U.S. official who participated in the talks.

Michael McFaul, senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the U.S. president’s National Security Council, described the talks in an interview with RFE/RL.

The U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Civil Society Working Group, established two years ago as part of the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations, brings together officials and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from both countries. McFaul, who will reportedly be nominated by President Barack Obama to be America’s next ambassador to Russia, holds the chair for the U.S. side. His Russian counterpart, Vladislav Surkov, is first deputy chairman in the administration of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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