Freedom House, which annually rates each nation for human rights and democratic institutions, has just lowered Russia’s status from "Partly Free" to "Not Free."
It’s the first time since the end of the Soviet Union that Russia has been so obviously devoid of democratic protections that it has rejoined the community of dictatorships.
The problem: Vladimir Putin. Who stands to lose in Putin’s power grab: the whole world. A dictator is no good to anyone. And a dictator with nuclear weapons has no limit to his potential for repression and aggression.