The Russian Embassy in Washington demanded that persecution of the Russian diaspora by the American side be stopped, following the suspension of the activities of the Russian Community Council in the US.
On November 18, the Russian Community Council of the USA posted on its website a statement announcing the suspension of the activities of the organization. The reason is the unprecedented pressure exerted on representatives of the Russian-speaking community by the American authorities which has been lasting for a number of years now.
“We are outraged by the hostile actions of the United States against our compatriots taken under the pretext of suspicion over the work in the United States without registration as foreign agents. FBI officers, often in a rude manner, have been conducting searches and interrogations of the diaspora representatives, confiscating personal belongings,” the Russian Embassy in the USA writes.
It is said that the US authorities are denying emigrants from Russia their right to stay in touch with their historical motherland and take an active part in preserving their own cultural and linguistic heritage, even though the public activities of Russians are of an absolutely open, transparent character.
“Our position on the abovementioned incidents has been repeatedly communicated to the American authorities. However, officials continue to ignore our calls to guarantee for the community basic rights which are stipulated, among other things, by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, we are talking about a gross violation of personal freedoms in a country that claims to be titled a ‘stronghold of democracy’. We demand that the persecution of the Russian diaspora representatives be immediately stopped,” the Embassy states.