Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests
What about a journey east on the Trans-Siberian Railway? Or a trip north to the remote Russian Arctic? Travel through tundra to the remote fishing village of Teriberka, where ghostly ship graveyards line the rugged coast.
Russia made uneven progress in democratization during the s, but this limited progress was reversed after Vladimir Putin rose to power in , according to many observers. During this period, the State Duma lower legislative chamber became dominated by government-approved parties, gubernatorial elections were abolished, and the government consolidated ownership or control over major media and industries, including the energy sector. The Putin government showed low regard for the rule of law and human rights in suppressing insurgency in the North Caucasus, according to critics. In August , the Medvedev-Putin tandem directed military operations against Georgia and recognized the independence of Georgias separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia, actions condemned by most of the international community. In March , Putin was re elected president by a wide margin.