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But I decided to accept Freedom House’s invitation to take part in a June 14 discussion about the U.S.-based human rights organization’s recent report: “Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine.” The report raised alarm bells about the decline in democracy since President Viktor Yanukovych took over on Feb. 25, 2010.

The best sound bite came from Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, who said: “Left unchecked, Ukraine is headed toward the path of autocracy and kleptocracy.”

Aside from the merits of the report, I found that these types of events haven’t changed much in Ukraine since I first started attending them in 1996.

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