The authoritarian countries of the former Soviet Union have built governance systems that are resistant to reform and therefore increasingly vulnerable to unpredictable crises of the sort recently seen in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new study released by Freedom House.
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Ukraine, which has consistently been one of the best performers in its subregion in recent years, also saw an erosion of media freedom, falling from 53 to 56 points. After proRussian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych took office as president in February, broadcast frequencies were withdrawn from critical outlets and extralegal harassment of journalists increased, leading to greater self-censorship
In the beginning of April 2011 Oxford University held the conference “Ukraine’s Domestic and Foreign Affairs: Quo Vadis?” The Chariman of Kyiv Independent Media Trade Union Yuriy Lukanov was one of keynote speakers. Here is his speech.
Recently the Ukrainian government opened criminal persecution against the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. He is accused of abuse of authority, which lead to the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.