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Eurasia

Most countries in Eurasia rank at or near the bottom of Freedom House’s ratings for political rights and civil liberties. While a few—such as Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine—have struggled to democratize and pursue European integration in recent years, they face strong resistance from Russia and antidemocratic elements within their borders. Freedom House’s programs in the region support courageous activists in their struggle to strengthen basic human rights, provide independent news and analysis, and combat grave violations of the rule of law. A summary of our work in the region can be found here.


Asterisks in the country list below indicate a territory rather than a country.

Countries & Territories: 18
288 million people
0% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

News & Updates


Since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012, Russia has seen a flurry of restrictive new regulations regarding online freedom of expression, resulting in a score decline for the country in the latest edition of Freedom on the Net. However, even greater deterioration is likely in the coming year as the government continues to enact repressive laws and ramps up its surveillance capabilities ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi.

David J. Kramer speaks to CBS News about elections in Azerbaijan. Watch here.

The presidential election in Azerbaijan on October 9 was contorted by rigging, fraud, and other irregularities that blocked any chance for a rotation of power. But it revealed almost nothing new about the former Soviet republic’s hollowed-out governance institutions, as the lack of genuine democracy was well documented before the election. More remarkable is the international community’s mild response to this electoral sham—a disheartening testament to the West’s prioritization of strategic and economic relationships with the oil-rich Caspian Sea state over the protection of human rights and democratic values.

Freedom House is pleased to welcome Askat Dukenbaev as the Project Director for a new 3-year human rights program in Kyrgyzstan to promote access to justice, protection of vulnerable populations, and policy reform. The “Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan” project aims to reinvigorate civil society and increase the government’s political will to adhere to its human rights commitments. Through human rights schools, support for key human rights initiatives, rapid response grants, policy forums, and advocacy, Freedom House will strive to ensure that human rights are respected by educating the public and enabling civil society to engage with the government of Kyrgyzstan to secure respect and protection for human rights

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Experts

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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Research Director, Europe & Eurasia

Zselyke Csaky is the Research Director for Europe & Eurasia at Freedom House. 

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Director for Special Research

Nate Schenkkan is the Project Director for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. 

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3.3 million people
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Partly Free
Scores Overview
4.5 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
32
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
9.3 million people
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
6.5 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
58
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
9.5 million people
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
6.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
64
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
4.5 million people
Internet:
Free
Press:
Partly Free
Status
Partly Free
Scores Overview
3.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
24
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
17 million people
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
6.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
62
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
5.7 million people
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Partly Free
Scores Overview
5.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
37
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
4.1 million people
Press:
Partly Free
Status
Partly Free
Scores Overview
3.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
143 million people
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
6.5 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
66
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
7.1 million people
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
6.5 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
5.2 million people
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
7.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
46 million people
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Partly Free
Status
Partly Free
Scores Overview
3.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
45
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom
30 million people
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Status
Not Free
Scores Overview
7.0 / 7 (least free)
Freedom Rating
77
(0 = Best, 100 = Worst) / 100 (least free)
Internet Freedom

Programs

Freedom House is currently seeking proposals for a special policy brief that will focus on hate speech and information security risks in Moldova. 

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Freedom House seeks proposals from both rising and experienced researchers based in Ukraine who are interested in writing forward-looking briefs on media, culture and human rights issues.

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Freedom House implements the multi-year Mobilizing Civil Society to Support Judicial Integrity in the Republic of Moldova project, which aims to support justice sector reform in Moldova by creating an environment in which the public is better informed about ongoing developments in the country’s justice sector and how they impact citizens’ daily lives.

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Through collaboration with partner civil society organizations in the country, Freedom House aims to boost capacity in civil society to effectively monitor media and to improve the legal and regulatory environment for independent media.

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Freedom House, în colaborare solicită cereri de finanțare și suport din partea organizațiilor neguvernamentale și coalițiilor, care își propun să întreprindă acțiuni de sensibilizare cu privire la libertatea presei, libertatea de exprimare și presa independentă în Republica Moldova.

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Freedom House принимает заявки на финансовую поддержку от местных зарегистрированных неправительственных организаций и коалиций, стремящихся повысить осведомленность о свободе печати, свободе выражения мнений и независимых средствах массовой информации в Республике Молдовa.

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Freedom House invites applications for funding and support from local, registered non-governmental organizations and coalitions that seek to raise awareness about press freedom, freedom of expression, and independent media in the Republic of Moldova.

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Freedom House works in Eurasia to protect professional and citizen journalists, to bolster activist capacity, and to support LGBTI rights activists.

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Freedom House enhances the capacity of local civil society groups to rapidly respond to human rights violations, to provide advocates with the skills to defend the right to freedom of assembly, and to equip local groups with the tools to combat gender-based violence and bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

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