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 bureaucrats and organized crime groups.
Freedom in the World — Russia Country Report
Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2021, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Nations in Transit — Russia Country Report
Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Russia receives a Democracy Percentage of 7 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 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.
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