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July 9, 2020

Russia: an increasingly repressive autocracy seeking a place on the UN Human Rights Council

The Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2020 cautiously points to Vladimir Putin’s forging of an authoritarian-bureaucratic nomenklatura. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have denounced the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia, with freedom of speech and assembly systematically undermined and violated. The recent plebiscite to reform the constitution is the epitome of Mr Putin masquerading the authoritarian regime as a democracy.
By Lara María Kovandova
 

Lara María KovandovaLara Kovandova Is a social sciences student at the University of Durham (UK). International intern at CADAL from February to July 2020. Author of the article “Colombia: an attack on human rights defenders is an attack on democracy” (CADAL, June 2, 2020).

Russia: an increasingly repressive autocracy seeking a place on the UN Human Rights Council