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Russian Disability Rights Advance at 2012 Paralympics

The commencement of the 2012 Paralympics commencing today marks a victory for the 13 million Russian citizens living with mental or physical disability— and the 200 athletes representing them on the Russian team. In May 2012, the Russian government ratified the Convention of the Rights with Persons with Disabilities to advocate for the equality of citizens regardless of physical or mental capacity. But years of discrimination take time to break from. Human rights advocates are looking to the Paralympics with high hopes for the disability rights of Russian citizens.