Rights concerns overshadow trade ties on Putin's European trip




 
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Rights concerns overshadow trade ties on Putin's European trip
 
April 7th, 2013  
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Rights concerns overshadow trade ties on Putin's European trip
By Steve Gutterman and Alexandra Hudson MOSCOW/BERLIN (Reuters) - Growing Western concerns about Vladimir Putin's record on human rights and democracy could mean a chilly reception for the Russian president on a trip to Germany and the Netherlands, Moscow's biggest trade partners in Europe. The nations need Russia for energy and as a market for exports ranging from Volkswagen Touaregs to tulips, but are uneasy about the influence its oil and gas give it and about Putin's treatment of opponents and activists in his new Kremlin term. ...




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