I noted that we should not read too much into a single report; and said it would be interesting to see what this year’s “Freedom in the World” survey, produced by US-based NGO Freedom House, would say about Ukraine.
On 19 January Freedom House published “Freedom in the World 2012” (pdf file). As I noted last year, the survey attempts to form an assessment by giving countries scores of between 1 (good) and 7 (bad) for “political rights” and “civil liberties” respectively, producing a potential top score of 2 and a potential bottom score of 14.
It then groups countries into Free (scoring 2-5 points); Partly Free (6-10); and Not Free (11-14). In 2011, Ukraine’s score slipped by one point from 5 to 6, taking it from the “Free” to the “Partly Free” category, and putting its score equal with Moldova as the two highest-scoring countries of the CIS.