2015-10-16 13:24:00

U.S. State Dept's religious freedom report politicized, full of flaws - Russian diplomat

Moscow, October 16, Interfax - The U.S. Department of State's new International Religious Freedom Report contains a lot of flaws and is over-politicized, says Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov.

"The U.S. Department of State's new International Religious Freedom Report is full of flaws," Dolgov said on Twitter on Friday.

"The judgments about the situation in Russia, particularly in Crimea, have been politicized, biased and farfetched, in accordance with a sad tradition. The state of affairs in Ukraine is shown with distortions and glaring gaps," he said.

At the same time, the report's section dealing with Syria "lacks analysis of the root causes of the rampant terrorism and systemic bloody attacks on whole religious groups, particularly Christians," he said.

The U.S. Department of State published its new International Religious Freedom Report on October 14.