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The current strain in U.S. relations with Russia sums up the challenges of dealing with authoritarian rulers. They vigorously object to any criticism of their human rights record, yet even when such criticism is muted, they may still resist cooperation with the United States on major security issues. The Obama administration has resisted moves by Congress to sanction human rights abusers in Russia, but President Vladimir Putin continues to intensify his crackdown on civil society and block international efforts to stop mass atrocities in Syria. The time has come for the United States to take a fresh look at its relations with Russia and with other dictatorships around the world.

Freedom House strongly condemns the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which went into effect on October 3, and urges the government to heed the calls of concerned netizens and repeal several provisions in the bill that could curtail Internet freedom.

 

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