Protest rally of the Russian opposition demanding to allow independent candidates for the elections. Moscow, Russia. 20 July 2019. Editorial credit:  KOZYREV OLEG / Shutterstock.com

Russia

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.

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Freedom in the World — Russia Country Report

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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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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