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How Russians Think about Human Rights: Recent Survey Data

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In 2001, human rights norms appear to be more widespread in Europe than they were 26 years ago at the dawn of the Helsinki process and more widely shared globally than 53 years ago during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. Does the same trend hold in Russia? How robust are human rights norms there? Ten years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and after millions of dollars in assistance have been spent to support democracy and human rights, how do Russians think about human rights?

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Professor of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison