Flap Over Russian Freedom Report Goes On

The uproar over a pro-democracy group's negative, though essentially unchanged, rating of Russia has been linked to sloppy journalism or an anti-U.S. campaign

The report - on freedom in Russia - was devastating when it came out on 1 February. It gave Russia a rock-bottom rating, placing the country alongside some of the world's worst dictatorships. Many media outlets ran with the story and have been giving it play for almost a month.

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