Russia Elects Retired Police Chief as Human Rights Ombudsman

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 12:10 PM

The State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Friday for Svetlana Moskalkova, a police common and lawmaker of the Just Russia party. Moskalkova was odds-on favorite after the ruling United Russia party threw its wt behind her.

The Russian parliament has elected a retired senior police officer to serve as presidential human rights ombudsman.

The State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Friday for Svetlana Moskalkova, a police common and lawmaker of the Just Russia party.

Moskalkova was odds-on favorite after the ruling United Russia party threw its wt behind her. Her nomination, however, enraged Russia'south human rights advocates who saw a clear conflict of interest in such an appointment.

The president had the right to assign a candidate, but he didn't do so.

Moskalkova'south predecessors had powerful democratic credentials and frequently used their positions to lift flagrant violations of human rights and keep the pressure on law enforcement and prison officials.

She took an oath of office at the parliament immediately after the vote.

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