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Amnesty International office in Moscow closed by Russian authorities

The staff of the human rights organization Amnesty International in Moscow that came Wednesday to the office found the door closed.
Amnesty International office in Moscow closed by Russian authorities

A staff member said that the locks have been replaced and the power is shut off. In a statement, Amnesty International said they have called the Moscow municipality for an explanation, but without satisfactory results, Joinfo.com reports.

The Russian branch of Amnesty International in Moscow was housed in a building of a public company until Wednesday.

Human rights organizations with overseas connections, such as foreign funding have been under increasing pressure from the Russian authorities.

“Most alarming,” the Dutch Amnesty director Eduard Nazarski wrote on Twitter with a photo of the sealed door. “Burglary in Amnesty office in Moscow, changed locks, sealed door.”

The Amnesty International office in Moscow was leased directly from the municipal authorities. On the seal with which the door is locked indicating that the building is owned by the Russian Federation and that no one should enter the premises without the supervision of an appointed official.

In a statement, Amnesty International says they have met all the obligations as a tenant.