Belarus: A Tale of Two Elections

July 2011

Strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s suspiciously lopsided 2010 electoral victory—and subsequent crackdown on dissent—may seem like a repeat of the events of 2006, but much has changed in the interval, and his regime is much more precarious today.

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Kyrgyzstan’s Latest Revolution

July 2011

Having thrown out a corrupt, authoritarian president for the second time, this Central Asian republic has gained a new chance at securing a real democratic transition.

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Paradoxes of the New Authoritarianism

April 2011

Why are the unfree regimes of the former Soviet world proving so durable? A lack of ideology and—perhaps surprisingly—a degree of openness are proving to be not so much problems for authoritarianism as bulwarks of it.

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Books in Review: A Russian Liberal’s Lament

January 2011

A review of Lonely Power: Why Russia Has Failed to Become the West and the West Is Weary of Russia by Lilia Shevtsova.

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Documents on Democracy, January 2011

January 2011
  • Portions of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's closing statement at his fraud trial on 10 November 2010. This was the second trial for Khodorkovsky, the former head of the Yukos oil company, who was sentenced in May 2005 to nine years in prison for fraud.
  • Excerpts from the "Casablanca Call for Democracy and Human Rights," signed by participants (including civil society activists, politicians, and academics) of the conference "The Future of Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab World," held in Casablanca on 22–23 October 2010.
  • Portions of an October 2010 open letter written by two dozen former officials of the People's Republic of China to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress demanding an end to censorship.
  • Excerpts from the 30 September 2010 United Nations resolution establishing the first-ever special rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly.
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