Russia has reacted strongly to a report on global Human Rights issued by the US State Department, accusing the United States of double standards and political bias, as well as gathering data based on rumours and distorted facts.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement the report "once again gives us grounds to say that double standards are characteristic of the American approach to this important topic. These conclusions... can in no way be described as objective"

Russia then went on to cite Human Rights violations committed by the United States, such as racial discrimination, disputed federal elections an obvious reference to the 2000 election and the abuse of Iraqi detainees.