Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed the worst political crackdown in the country's post-Soviet era, a human rights group has said.
In a report, Human Rights Watch said Mr Putin had signed a raft of laws quashing freedoms after his return to the Kremlin for a third term in 2012.
Mr Putin's fear of mass street protests had been behind the moves, the report's authors said.PUTIN IS A DANGEROUS, MURDEROUS TYRANT.
IN LARGE PART BECAUSE BUSH AND OBAMA WERE SOFT ON HIM.
WISHFUL THINKING IS NOT A FOREIGN POLICY.
RUSSIA AND CHINA HAVE BEEN ENABLING IRAN AND SYRIA AND NORTH KOREA.
IF WE WANT A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD, THE USA MUST GET TOUGH ON RUSSIA AND CHINA.