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President Obama must stand up against Vladimir Putin's abuses, writes Freedom House president David J. Kramer in The Washington Post. Read the article here.

Freedom House condemns the U.S. government’s decision to shut down the activities of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Russia. The move was made after the Russian government recently asked that USAID “cease activities” by October 1, 2012, according to a senior U.S. official.

Following the passage in Russia of several laws outlawing so-called homosexual propaganda, the Russian Supreme Court in a decision released today clarified the definition of the term and prohibited some of the most draconian interpretations used by local authorities. Freedom House applauds this small but important decision though calls for repeal of these pernicious laws which restrict harmless speech and violate the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Five months after the attack on Novaya Gazeta investigative journalist Elena Milashina and Freedom House employee Ella Asoyan in Moscow, Freedom House is concerned with inconsistencies in the official investigation and falsification of facts in the case, and calls on the Russian authorities to conduct a probe into the results of the investigation and to take appropriate measures to ensure that the true perpetrators are brought to justice.



Senior Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia

Gina S. Lentine is Senior Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at Freedom House. 

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.


Signature Reports

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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