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Raid on the Crimean Solidarity meeting

Freedom House responds to Russian Federation Security Services’ (FSB) issuance of legal notices to human rights activists associated with the Crimean Solidarity movement.

Freedom House supports the decision for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to use the Moscow Mechanism to hold Russia accountable for human rights abuses in Chechnya.

In response to the demand of 15 OSCE countries that the Russian Federation answer questions about its internal investigation of human rights abuses committed last year in Chechnya, Freedom House issued a statement.

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Putin's policy of cultivating foreign leaders can backfire in democracies.

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Director, Europe and Eurasia programs

Marc Behrendt is the Director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House, with over 20 years of experience working in the Eurasia region in peacebuilding, governance and human rights.

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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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