Russia's unlikely advocate: a California Republican

In this photo taken June 14, 2016, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., participates in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russia on Capitol Hill in Washington. The 69-year-old, self-described “surfer Republican” has long been a lone pro-Russian voice on Capitol Hill, defending Putin and urging dialogue with the Kremlin. This past spring, Rohrabacher’s position drew support from Donald Trump, who advocates giving relations with Moscow another chance.(AP Photo/Paul Holston)WASHINGTON (AP) — Several lawmakers accused Vladimir Putin’s Russia of human rights abuses and aggression toward its neighbors, calling for maintaining a tough line with Moscow.

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