Russia

143 million people
10,730 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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In response to the murder in Kyiv of Pavel Sheremet, an award-winning independent journalist, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 

In response to Russian authorities adding 22 journalists, activists and others in Crimea to Russia’s list of "extremist and terrorists," Freedom House issued the following statement:

Russia launched criminal proceedings against the head of human rights non profit organizations "Women of the Don” for alleged violation of Russia’s “foreign agents” law.

Russia has released Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian helicopter pilot who was captured by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Contending with Putin's Russia

As President Barack Obama enters his second term, relations with Russia present him with a set of thorny problems. This package of materials includes policy proposals, a summary of Russian legal restrictions on NGOs, a chronology of repressive actions under Vladimir Putin since 2000, and graphs illustrating Russia's score declines in Freedom House's annual reports.


 

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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