Russia

143 million people
10,730 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

News & Updates

written by
Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research

Putin has used control of the media in Russia, especially the national television stations, to build up a massive and thoroughly modern propaganda machine.

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The Memorial Anti-Discrimination Center announced April 9 its closure in St. Petersburg, in response to a court demand that it register as a “foreign agent.” Prosecutors claimed that the organization violated the law by sharing information about discrimination and abuse with an international body, in this case the United Nations Committee Against Torture, without officially registering as a “foreign agent.”

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, United Nations
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Eurasia

David J. Kramer examines the situation in Ukraine in his testimony before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

Since 2003, Freedom House has systematically provided prescient analysis of Russia’s move to authoritarian rule and efforts to restore hegemony over Ukraine.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
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Eurasia, Americas

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Contending with Putin's Russia

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.


 

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Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“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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