Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images/Freedom House)
SulutPos.com, Washington – In response to President Trump congratulating Vladimir Putin for his re-election as Russian president, in a vote whose outcome was determined before ballots were cast, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Putin should be condemned, not congratulated, for leading an authoritarian regime that cynically manipulates its own elections and actively works to undermine elections in the United States and other democracies,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The United States should recognize Putin as the leader of a repressive government that seeks to export its model of denying fundamental freedoms, and its intolerance of opposition.”
Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017, and receives a democracy score of 6.57, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, inNations in Transit 2017.
Freedom House Press Release