Tuesday, December 21, 2004
POLITICS AS USUAL: DARK CLOUDS IN THE EAST
"Russia's steady drift toward authoritarian rule under President Vladimir Putin saw increased Kremlin control of national television content and growing influence over radio and print media; the use and manipulation -- bordering on outright control -- of 'alternative' political parties with leaders linked to the country's security services; growing encroachments against local government; and elections that were neither free nor fair."
Russia is the ONLY country who has been downgraded in terms of freedom within the report.
Think democracy and freedom cannot be taken away? Talk to the citizens of Russia.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"--Thomas Jefferson
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