Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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United Nations rights experts Thursday called on Russia to repeal laws limiting free speech and targeting homosexuals and to act firmly to prevent torture by police, racist crimes and a wide range of other human rights abuses.The 18-member Human Rights Committee also told Moscow it should move to prevent violation of a key U.N. pact to which it is signatory by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, by authorities in the Chechen republic, and in Crimea.It explicitly called for authorities to investigate allegations that former Chechen policeman Zaur Dadayev, one of the suspects detained in the February murder of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, was tortured in custody.The Committee, which monitors countries' performance under the 1976 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, issued the document after examining Russia's record last month.
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