In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Freedom House Director of Studies Christopher Walker discusses the dwindling landscape for free expression in Russia under President Vladimir Putin. In the excerpt below, Walker points to the crackdown on RFE/RL's Russian affiliate stations as an example of the erosion of free media in Russia.
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. A Decade of Putinism
Chistopher Walker | Wall Street Journal
[...] The Kremlin has not only marginalized domestic dissent but also tried to suppress the work of foreign media. Capricious tax inspections and vague extremism laws are designed to intimidate international broadcasters, including Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the BBC. Using these methods, authorities have already shut down 28 of the 36 Russian radio stations that used to carry RFE/RL programs. [...]