MOSCOW – Relishing an opportunity to turn the tables on the U.S., Russia says the Senate's investigation into the CIA torture practices has highlighted rampant rights abuse.
The Foreign Ministry's rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, said in Thursday's statement that the evidence contained in the report "contradict the U.S. aspirations to serve as a model of democracy."
Dolgov says the report has proven "flagrant and systemic rights abuse" and pointed that only an executive summary of the 6,700-page report was released. He urged international organizations and rights groups to urge the release of full report and the prosecution of those involved in abuses.
The Russian statement, which comes amid U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine, marked an attempt by Moscow to turn the tables on continuous Western criticism of Russia's rights abuses.