Freedom House denounces recent embezzlement charges against Aleksei Navalny, a leader of Russia’s opposition movement and anticorruption crusader, in what appears to be politically motivated retribution for his activism and criticism of authorities. This trumped-up legal assault on Navalny is the most recent in a host of troubling moves by the Russian government that demonstrate how far Russia has strayed from international standards of human rights and rule of law.
The passage of a law in Russia that will cause thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to be labeled “foreign agents” if they receive financial support from abroad is the latest in a series of attempts by the Russian government to restrict civil and political liberties. The pernicious bill directly targets those organizations that are attempting to impact public policy, including GOLOS, the country’s only independent election monitor.
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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