Russia’s promise of financial aid to Ukraine will not restore Ukrainians’ trust in their government and does not respond to their demand for closer ties to the European Union, Freedom House said today.
Freedom House expresses grave concern over a law being considered in the Russian Duma that would allow prosecutors to block websites on their own authority and without court order. If passed, prosecutors would have wide latitude to block sites alleged to have postings encouraging participation in extremist activities, unsanctioned public events, or mass disorder, among other causes.
Freedom House released a new guide for athletes, journalists, spectators, and sponsors of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which documents ongoing human rights abuses by Russian authorities, through a detailed timeline and slideshow.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
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,” 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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