Group Says Russia "Crushing" Democracy

Freedom House accuses Moscow of weakening independent media, democracy activists, and Kremlin critics, thus inspiring the region's other authoritarian regimes

EU "strategic partner" Russia is "crushing" democracy NGO Freedom House has warned in its 2006 survey, as Germany's Angela Merkel gears up to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sunday (21 January) to break the ice on a new "Strategic Partnership Treaty."

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