Current State of Human Rights in Russia the Worst in Post-Soviet History

According to Human Rights Watch


Since his return to the presidency one year ago today, Vladimir Putin has stepped up fiercely against those who opposed his return to Russia's highest seats. His targets have included journalists and government whistleblowers, the protesters who filled Moscow's streets and the opposition leaders who helped organize them, balaclava-wearing punks, and non-governmental organizations that questioned his legitimacy.

In its latest report on the region, the international watchdog Human Rights Watch described the rights climate in Russia as the worst in post-Soviet history. HuffPost World takes a look at the human rights situation in the country in the overview below.