Russia is leading the way in developing a regional model of repression, a new report issued by a London think-tank shows.
The report, titled Sharing Worst Practice: How Countries and Institutions in the former Soviet Union Help Create Legal Tools of Repression, highlights how Russia and other authoritarian-minded countries in Eurasia have worked assiduously to roll back civil liberties in the region in recent years.
“First and foremost this is a function of the nature of their domestic political systems, whether they be authoritarian, semi-authoritarian or troubled democracies, they all feature ruling elites keen to maintain their position of political dominance,” states the report, which was published recently by the Foreign Policy Centre.
“Shared concerns, from popular protest and current economic weakness to the age of the regime leaders, are at the heart of encouraging similar legislation and forms of repression across the region,” the report adds.
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