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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nashi Slams U.S. 'Fanatics' At a Protest

Nashi, a pro-Kremlin youth group, on Thursday attacked a U.S. State Department report cataloging human rights problems in Russia and said Washington should pay more attention to its failures in Iraq.

More than 200 Nashi activists protested outside the U.S. Embassy. "American mothers, stop the fanatics from the State Department," one placard read.

Nashi leader Vasily Yakemenko said the United States was causing bloodshed from Iraq to Afghanistan and warned U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against stirring tensions in Russia.

"If Condoleezza Rice escalates tension here, it's possible there will be a situation where people here could die, too," he said, suggesting it could trigger public unrest and bloodshed.

"The U.S. needs to think less about what is happening here and more about what is going on in Iraq," he said.

The Nashi protest came a day after the Foreign Ministry complained, and both houses of the parliament are expected to debate the U.S. report on Friday, indicating that Moscow is sending an orchestrated message of displeasure to Washington.

The U.S. annual human rights report, released last week, complained of a slide in democratic rights in Russia.