PO SC 1040 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Freedom House, Anna Politkovskaya, Vladimir Putin

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Russia’s Authoritarian Reversion (Part 1) POSC 1040
1. Vladimir Putin
a. Personality politics
b. Wanted to be portrayed in the media as very manly and almost “godly”
2. Anna Politkovskaya
a. Russian journalist who was critical of Putin from the beginning
b. Very against Chechnya wars
c. Said there was evidence that Putin staged the events (involving terrorists)
in order to rally people in supporting him
d. Mysteriously was shot and killing in the elevator of her own apartment
i. Nobody was ever jailed for the execution or even brought in and
questioned
ii. Many say it was done by Putin or by one of Putin’s friends for Putin
in honor of his birthday
3. Boris Nemstov
a. Wanted Putin held accountable under the judicial system
b. Accused Putin and the government of embezzling money from the
Olympics
c. Said Putin and the government was intervening to create terrorist events
d. Was shot in front of Putin’s office in February of 2015
i. Again no was ever brought in and questioned or jailed
4. Definition of Democracy
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