Secret State

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Nov. 5, 2010, 12:58 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kostya Dovgan Mark Rachkevych

Activists hold placards and CDs with ‘secret’ information during a rally in Kyiv on Sept. 15. Some 200 activists staged a rare demonstration outside the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine, the successor agency to the Soviet KGB agency, in protest of a criminal probe launched against a museum director for allegedly disclosing state secrets.
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Democracies need openness to flourish, while autocracies thrive on secrecy. By that standard, Ukraine – nearly 20 years into national independence – is stuck in the Soviet past, with leaders denying citizens essential information.
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