Freedom House, a U.S. non-governmental organization, wrote in it's annual study "Freedom in The World 2005" that the setbacks for freedom done by
the acts of Vladimir Putin are this year's most important political trend. The study also stated that this setback on freedom is showing that Moscow
is separating itself more and more from the Western Democracies that they had embraced as diplomatic partners. Under Putin, the Kremlin has increased
its control over all the media, private organizations, freedom of speech, and a control over the overall freedoms of the Russian people. This trend,
as stated in the study, shows a disturbing future for Russia, and perhaps even for the rest of the world as it was the case in the 1980s.
"Russia's step backward into the 'not free' category is the culmination of a growing trend under President Vladimir Putin to concentrate
political authority, harass and intimidate the media and politicize the country's law-enforcement system," Executive Director Jennifer Windsor said
in a statement.
"These moves mark a dangerous and disturbing drift toward authoritarianism in Russia, made more worrisome by President Putin's recent heavy-handed
meddling in political developments in neighboring countries, such as Ukraine."
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The study also shows that in the overall they judge only 46 percent of the 192 countries in the world are free, 26 percent are not free and the rest
are partialy free. The eight countries rated as the most repressive were Burma, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and
This trend in Russia is nothing new, and pretty much ever since Putin was in office there has been a deterioration of freedom and a slow but surely
setback to the old days of Communism in Russia.
Russia is surely going towards an authoritorian government once more. IMO, and as many of you have seen in the past by my posts and links, i don't
think that it was ever the plan of the Kremlin to restore any freedoms to their people. It was merely a plan for them to use and keep all the foreign
aid they recieved after the "supposed breaking down of the U.S.S.R., among other things.
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[edit on 4-2-2005 by Banshee]