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This report is based on almost two years of research that began in July 1997. During that time, Diederik Lohman, director of Human Rights Watch's Moscow office, Alexander Petrov, deputy director of the Moscow office, and Rachel Denber, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia division, conducted fact-finding missions in Irkutsk and Nizhnii Novgorod provinces as well in the cities of Arkhangel'sk, Novgorod, St. Petersburg, and Ekaterinburg. In addition, considerable research was carried out in Moscow. The report was written by Diederik Lohman and edited by Rachel Denber; Mike McClintock, deputy program director; and Dinah PoKempner, deputy general counsel. Additional editorial comments were provided by Elizabeth Andersen, advocacy director, Europe and Central Asia division. Invaluable assistance was provided by Liudmila Belova, associate for the Moscow office; Alex Frangos, coordinator for the Europe and Central Asia division; Alexandra Perina and Natasha Zaretsky, associates for the Europe and Central Asia division; Meredith Moss-Quinn and Amy Bramley, interns for the Moscow office; and Patrick Minges, publications director, Human Rights Watch.


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