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. A senior lawmaker in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has urged Russia to end its crackdown on the civil society. Andreas Schockenhoff told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Kremlin moves "intimidate the engagement of active, creative citizens." Schockenhoff, who is also the German government's envoy overseeing contacts between Russian and German civil societies, urged President Vladimir Putin to "allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country." (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. A senior lawmaker in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has urged Russia to end its crackdown on the civil society. Andreas Schockenhoff told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Kremlin moves "intimidate the engagement of active, creative citizens." Schockenhoff, who is also the German government's envoy overseeing contacts between Russian and German civil societies, urged President Vladimir Putin to "allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country." (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. A senior lawmaker in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has urged Russia to end its crackdown on the civil society. Andreas Schockenhoff told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Kremlin moves "intimidate the engagement of active, creative citizens." Schockenhoff, who is also the German government's envoy overseeing contacts between Russian and German civil societies, urged President Vladimir Putin to "allow NGOs to have a public debate, a public competition of opinions about the future of the country." (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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