The chart, which can be seen here, shows the erosion of democracy in Russia. It is based on data provided by Freedom House, a human-rights group that rates political and personal freedom worldwide. In 2004, for the first time, Freedom House deemed Russia "not free," the group's lowest designation. Russia today is markedly less free than the Soviet Union was in 1990.
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."