The UN (United Nations) human rights office in Moscow is set to close, according to reports, in a move that one analyst believes is warning shot to the Kremlin's political opposition, just months before parliamentary elections.
Russia's diplomatic mission in Geneva told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that a decision was made to close the UN's Moscow Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The translation of RIA's report from The Associated Press quoted ambassador Alexey Borodavkin as saying that "we do not see anything extraordinary" in the office's closure.
He went on to suggest that the UN office had fulfilled its obligation, having established human rights institutions across the country. A spokesperson for the OHCHR was not be immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.