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But facts on the ground paint a different picture – one where civil liberties are trampled and society is increasingly irate that its voice falls dumb in the corridors of power.

During Yanukovych’s official visit to Lithuania, he thanked the former Soviet republic and current EU member for its “stable support of Ukraine’s European integration aspirations.” 

But Human Rights Watch came out about the same time saying that Ukraine’s human rights record remained poor in 2012, while Reporters without Borders further demoted Ukraine on its yearly press freedom index to its worse place since 2004, before the democratic Orange Revolution that defeated Yanukovych that year.

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