Similar articles

First evidence of Russian abductions, torture and forced deportation from Kozacha Lopan (Kharkiv oblast)Valentin Vyhivsky: Eight years of torture in Russian captivity for being Ukrainian Abductions and feared mass grave of Russian invaders" victims in liberated Vysokopillia (Kherson oblast) Bodies of more civilians murdered by the Russians found in liberated Kharkiv oblast village We are Russian citizens and are ashamed of the actions committed in our country’s name.First tortured victims exhumed after Ukraine drives Russian invaders out of Kharkiv oblast village New Russian conveyor belt of repression targets Crimean Tatars, other Ukrainians abducted from mainland Ukraine Russian invaders abduct Kherson oblast local leader, install “worst of the worst” collaboratorsAdmission of guilt: Russia blocks international investigation of Olenivka mass killing of Ukrainian POWs Half a Year of the Full-Scale War in Kharkiv and the Kharkiv RegionRussia plans special propaganda ‘lesson’ explaining to children in occupied Ukraine why the bombing of their cities is ‘liberation’Russian invaders plan ‘trial’ of abducted Ukrainian volunteer on charge of ‘international terrorism’ Instead of obeying UN Court, Russia fabricates show trial to label Crimean Tatar Mejlis ‘terrorist’‘In a panic, people abandoned their bed-ridden relatives.’ А resident of Mariupol story about how people were coerced to leave for RussiaConflicting values and conflicting narratives: the case of Russia’s war on UkraineRussia has killed hundreds of civilians in Ukraine with banned cluster munitions Ukrainian POWs threatened with execution if they won’t blame Ukraine for Russia’s bombing of MariupolUkrainian journalist’s sentence reduced because of a ‘confession’ obtained through Russian FSB tortureOpposing the Orwellian State. Anti-war activities in Russia, 27 July-5 AugustRussia "takes revenge’ for humiliating attack on Crimea military base by new mass arrests of Crimean Tatars

Ukraine receives a freedom rating 42 points higher than Russia


Ukraine is in 87th place on the 2006 State of World Liberty Index.  159 countries are ranked in terms of three criteria: individual freedom, economic freedom and government size/taxation 

The gloomy diagnosis of the report is that “the world is very far from free”, and “The world receives a failing score of 56.9% out of 100”.

The freest region in the world was found to be Europe which gained a score of 70.49, while the top score of the 159 countries was given to Estonia (85.25).

The researchers note that of the countries of “the mangled corpse of the Soviet Union” there is a satisfactory level of freedom only in the Baltic States.  While Estonia took top place, Lithuania was in 16th place and Latvia – 21st. 

No other former Soviet republic even made the first fifty countries in the list. In the first hundred were Georgia (58), Armenia (79), Ukraine (87) and Moldova (93). 

The Kyrgyz Republic was in 106th place, while Russia in 124th, receiving a score of 42.07.  This made its neighbours in terms of the ratings the Central African Republic and Egypt, with scores of 42.14 and 41.5 respectively.

The least free countries on the territory of the former USSR were found to be Uzbekistan, Belarus and Turkmenistan in places 152, 153 and 154 respectively.  The “unsurprising barrel scraper” was North Korea in 159th place, with a score of 6.2%

The study combines the results of past surveys carried out by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal, the Frasier Institute/Cato Institute, Freedom House and Reporters without Borders
The “top ten” countries were: Estonia, Ireland, Canada   Switzerland, Iceland, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, the United States, Cyprus and New Zealand, in that order.

Based on a report from Ukrainska pravda

 Share this