After two denials, the Bush administration has finally granted asylum to Alyona Morozova. Investigating events surrounding the 1999 "Chechen terrorist" attacks on Moscow, she concluded that it was Vladimir Putin and the FSB secret police, not Chechen rebels, who were responsible. Critics fear the US is using human rights rhetoric to further economic and political foreign policy goals. The US, previously apathetic to evidence linking Putin to the bombings and Morozova's plight, has shifted positions amidst recent Russian refusal to cooperate on several foreign policy issues unrelated to human rights.
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