This is a politically sensitive issue, so I'm just going to tell you what the author must have implied:
Russia and Eastern Europe are "newly free" from communism and dictatorship. Russia and most of the East European countries are now democracies.
The "newly free Eastern Europe Russia" is a bit odd, as Russia's territory covers parts of both Europe and Asia.
Maybe it should be "Eastern Europe and Russia". Or maybe the author meant to specify the geographical location of Russia...