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Andreas Schockenhoff, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s envoy for cooperation between Russian and German civil societies, speaks during his interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Germany’s envoy commissioner for Russian-German civil societies has urged Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to “allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country.” Germany is Russia’s largest trade partner, and Merkel has faced pressure at home and abroad to paying more attention to Russia’s worsening human rights situation. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Andreas Schockenhoff, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s envoy for cooperation between Russian and German civil societies, speaks during his interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Germany’s envoy commissioner for Russian-German civil societies has urged Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to “allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country.” Germany is Russia’s largest trade partner, and Merkel has faced pressure at home and abroad to paying more attention to Russia’s worsening human rights situation. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Andreas Schockenhoff, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s envoy for cooperation between Russian and German civil societies, speaks during his interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Germany’s envoy commissioner for Russian-German civil societies has urged Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to “allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country.” Germany is Russia’s largest trade partner, and Merkel has faced pressure at home and abroad to paying more attention to Russia’s worsening human rights situation. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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