Freedom House today condemned the finding of a Moscow court that Russian businessmen Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev were guilty of charges that either duplicate or contradict charges of which they were convicted nearly seven years ago.
Freedom House today renewed its deep concern about the fairness and impartiality of the pending court decision in the case of former Yukos head, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in light of comments made by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a call-in session with the Russian public.
Freedom House urges the Russian and Georgian governments to address serious declines in human rights and democracy that were exacerbated by their war over the separatist republic of South Ossetia one year ago.
Freedom House welcomes reports that U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a major foreign policy address in Moscow next week aimed at changing Russian perceptions that a stronger U.S. equates to a weaker Russia.
Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new Freedom House study finds widespread declines in democracy from Central Europe to Eurasia, with Russia ranked as a consolidated authoritarian regime for the first time.
Eight human rights groups and a prominent Russian activist are urging Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to ensure that business executives Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev receive a fair second trial that upholds their human rights.
Freedom House welcomes Russia's decision to end its decade-long "counter-terrorism operation" against separatist rebels in Chechnya, but is concerned that human rights abuses and repression will worsen as Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov further consolidates his power in the southern republic.
Freedom House is deeply concerned by reports that Russian authorities are harassing and marginalizing opposition candidates running for the mayor of Sochi, the city chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.