Former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Anton Burkov, authored this op-ed for the Moscow Times. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Kennan Institute or the Wilson Center. 

The clampdown on civil society in Russia is not a recent development, as the prospect for social change and civil society development has been bleak for many years. The downturn started under the Yeltsin administration. 

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