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Chechen authorities attempt to silence critics by persecuting prominent human rights activist Oyub Titiev.

Russia's crackdown on internet freedom continues as parliament considers legislation allowing law enforcement to punish online "fake news."

Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies

The international norm against ethnic cleansing is not just being swept aside. It is at risk of being replaced.

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released two independent analyses examining social media tactics used by the Russian Internet Research Agency to influence the U.S. elections.  

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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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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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