Protest rally of the Russian opposition demanding to allow independent candidates for the elections. Moscow, Russia. 20 July 2019. Editorial credit:  KOZYREV OLEG /


Power in Russia’s authoritarian political system is concentrated in the hands of President Vladimir Putin. With loyalist security forces, a subservient judiciary, a controlled media environment, and a legislature consisting of a ruling party and pliable opposition factions, the Kremlin is able to manipulate elections and suppress genuine dissent. Rampant corruption facilitates shifting links among state officials and organized crime groups.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Russia Country Report

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

Ukraine photograph photo auction by anastasiia lukavska

Nations in Transit — Russia Country Report

Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Russia receives a Democracy Percentage of 5 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.


Freedom on the Net— Russia Country Report

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.