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Clinton fears oppressive efforts to ‘reSovietize’

DUBLIN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Thursday about a new effort by oppressive governments to ‘‘re-Sovietize’’ much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, taking particular aim at Russia for its crackdown on democracy and human rights groups just hours ahead of critical talks with that country’s foreign minister.

Speaking to a group of lawyers and civil society advocates on the sidelines of an international human rights conference, Clinton took aim at what she described as a new wave of repressive tactics and laws aimed at criminalizing US outreach efforts. The trends are indicative of a larger reversal of freedoms for citizens of Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, and other countries that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union two decades ago.

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