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Freedom House Cites 'Serious Setbacks' In Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan

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The U.S.-based rights watchdog Freedom House says Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan are among countries that experienced "serious setbacks" in political rights and civil liberties during 2013.

The group's "Freedom In The World 2014" report, published on January 23, says rights and liberties around the world declined during 2013 for the eighth year in a row -- the longest such period of decline in the report's 41-year history.

The report says Russian President Vladimir Putin's government continued its antidemocratic tendencies, both at home and abroad.

Domestically, it says Moscow took actions against vulnerable minorities such as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community and non-ethnic Russians, while the government consolidated its control over media.

Abroad, the report says Russia conducted a "campaign of intimidation" against its neighbors -- strong-arming Ukraine and Armenia into scuppering closer ties with the European Union.

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Freedom House Cites 'Serious Setbacks' In Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan

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