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Russian Public Chamber indignant at U.S. human rights report

MOSCOW. Feb 26 (Interfax) - The Russian Public Chamber has expressed indignation at the human rights report of the U.S. Department of State, which accused Russian authorities of massive violations of human rights, and promised to draft its own report.

"The U.S. Department of State is still unable to get rid of old complexes and tutorial manners in its relations with the rest of the world. We are indignant at the U.S. application of old stereotypes and attempts to teach others," Chairman of the Public Chamber's Commission for Law Enforcement and Court Reform Monitoring and lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on Thursday.

While criticizing human rights observation in Russia, the United States "primarily pursues political goals," he said.

"We are well aware of our problems and violations of human rights. We openly discuss them and reach solutions. The Americans do not seem to notice that. They simply recite the materials collected by us, human rights activists," he said.

Kucherena accused American authorities of abuses and human rights violations and cited situations encountered by his staff members as an example.

"Before teaching others, they should learn to follow general rules and to observe human rights of Indians and people in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.

"We (the Dialogue and Cooperation Institute) will soon post our report on human rights observations in the United States. We may do that by Spring," Kucherena said.