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Unsurprisingly, Freedom House’s recent 2015 Freedom in the World report has shown a decline in civil liberties in Russia.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Eurasia

By Mark P. Lagon and Alina Polyakova

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Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research

The recent claim that the Charlie Hebdo killings helped motivate the murder of Boris Nemtsov suggests that opponents of democracy will continue to sow discord over free speech issues. 

Following the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opposition leader in Russia, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

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Director for Eurasia Programs


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Special Reports

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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