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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

Freedom House’s final monitoring report on the trial of Kazakhstani opposition activists Vladimir Kozlov and Akzhanat Aminov, and labor activist Serik Sapargali documents gross violations of the right to a fair trial. The defendants were convicted of inciting social hatred leading to violence on December 16, 2011, when law enforcement killed at least a dozen protesters in the western town of Zhanaozen.

Freedom House’s final monitoring report on the trial of Kazakhstani opposition activists Vladimir Kozlov and Akzhanat Aminov, and labor activist Serik Sapargali documents additional violations of the right to a fair trial. The defendants were convicted of inciting social hatred leading to violence on December 16, 2011, when law enforcement killed at least a dozen protesters in the western town of Zhanaozen.

Yesterday, the European Parliament endorsed a groundbreaking Digital Freedom Strategy, which recognizes that access to an open and uncensored internet is a key enabler of basic human rights, such as freedoms of expression and assembly.  Among many important measures, the strategy calls for a ban on exports of certain technologies—such as those that facilitate mass surveillance and censorship—to authoritarian regimes. Freedom House firmly supports the strategy and commends the European Parliament for seeking to incorporate this critical issue into European foreign policy.

Before autocratic regimes fully grasped the democratic nature of the internet, netizens basked in the sunshine of global intercommunication. But in a backlash against digitally driven uprisings, such as those of the Arab Spring, tyrants are now maneuvering to bring users’ online and mobile activities under the shadow of outdated and arbitrary legal restrictions. One sign of this crackdown is the alarming number of digital activists behind bars around the world.

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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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Senior Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia

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

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Project Director, Vilnius office

Mr. Jurkonis is a project director at Freedom House and leads its Vilnius office. 

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Regions: 
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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