Increasing state surveillance and censorship of the internet
Diffuse decay of the rule of law
Increasing fear and intimidation as protections for civil liberties crumble
Banning the receipt of financial and technical assistance by international aid agencies and democracy foundations
Blatant pressure on the business community to serve the ruling party
The cancerous spread of crony capitalism and state corruption
The piece further notes these to be tactics successfully used by Vladimir Putin and Hugo Chavez among others.