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    Russia Criticizes Lithuania's 'Shameless' Deportation of Rights Activists

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    Moscow slammed Vilnius for persecution of human rights defenders.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow is concerned about Lithuanian authorities' recent decision to deport three rights activists, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    "Lithuanian authorities handed over decisions to three well-known Latvian human rights activists that they had to leave the country within 24 hours, with two being banned entry for five years," the ministry said in a statement.

    "This shameless move by Lithuanian authorities, which can only be interpreted as persecution of human right defenders, causes serious concern," the statement reads.

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