November 02, 2016
Moscow Breaks Up With Amnesty By Leaving Their Stuff On The Sidewalk
There are discreet ways of ending a relationship, and then there is throwing your ex’s stuff out of a window and leaving it scattered on the sidewalk. Moscow officials have a flare for drama and really wanted to drive the message home that Amnesty International is in the doghouse. Amnesty staffers arrived to work Wednesday morning only to find that their office had been broken into and sealed off by municipal officials. Neighbors confirmed that five men had arrived earlier, broke into Amnesty’s offices and changed the locks, effectively blocking employees from accessing their computers and any personal items left in the building. This soap-opera-level break up is becoming a popular trend in Russia, where many local rights groups have had similar problems with municipal authorities this year.
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