During the week, the United Nations has declared certain "signals" that gives the Russian government. Thus, the Russian service of the BBC quoted the UN high Commissioner RA'ad al Hussein, who announced the "intention to close our representative office in Moscow".
He noticed that while the UN high Commissioner for human rights is in favour of more contact with the Russian authorities, including to discuss "tapering space (activity) for human rights defenders and non-governmental organizations". RFE also noted that the plans to close the representative office announced on the background of continuing pressure on independent journalists, human rights defenders and generally reduce opportunities for public discussion.
The latest controversial episode was the attack on the bus with journalists and human rights activists, who were traveling to Chechnya. The occupants were beaten and transport burned.
Meanwhile, the Russia's permanent representative to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin in an interview with RIA "Novosti" said that what is happening is not unusual.
The completion of the mission, OHCHR (Office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights) in Moscow is an extraordinary step, the representative of Management has successfully fulfilled its mandate, said the diplomat. "Being in Moscow the representative of the office continued for many years. Among the States permanent members of the UN security Council is the only time in the country this is UN official. In its mandate stay included mainly the provision of technical assistance to Russia in the number of projects in the field of education in the field of human rights, facilitating the establishment of national human rights institutions. At this stage, these institutions are created and successfully function... and So it was decided that a mission representative of the Russian Federation time to complete it," he said.
Within the territory of the country projects with the assistance of Management completed or may be completed without the continued presence of his representative, and it "can be considered successful completion of the OHCHR presence in Russia".
We will remind, in Russia this year starts a new election cycle: the end of the year will be elections to the state Duma, and in 2018 presidential elections. Over the last week has been sent in resignation the head of the CEC Churov, the legislature had restricted the activities of election observers, and the interior Ministry promised to prevent mass protests.
At the end of 2014 a decision was made on closing in Russia management of UNESCO — the UN body for the protection of cultural heritage, science and education.