The death of a Russian anti-corruption lawyer has begun a series of moves which have seriously damaged Moscow’s relationship with Washington. Russia hit back by banning Americans from adopting its orphans and in return the US has withdrawn from a bilateral human rights body. A weakened Vladimir Putin appears to have little room to manoeuvre.

RUSSIA’S relations with the United States are at their lowest ebb since the Kremlin went to war with Georgia in 2008.

They have been soured by American reaction over the death in detention of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and Russia’s retaliation in banning the adoption of its orphans in the US.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Russian government’s increasingly harsh stance against fair society and foreign involvement in support of human rights and democracy had removed much of the purpose of continued discussion
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