Nations in Transit 2019


Transitional or Hybrid Regime
DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage 39.29 100
DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score 3.36 7
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
39 100 Transitional or Hybrid Regime
The ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 1 the lowest. The Democracy Score is an average of ratings for the categories tracked in a given year. The Democracy Percentage, introduced in 2020, is a translation of the Democracy Score to the 0-100 scale, where 0 equals least democratic and 100 equals most democratic. See the methodology.

header1 Score changes in 2019

  • Civil Society score declined from 5.25 to 5.00. Observers counted over 50 assaults against Ukrainian activists and human rights defenders in 2018. Some were perpetrated by the country’s small but growing far-right, with the state turning a blind eye. In June, environmentalist Mykola Bychko was found hanged. In November, anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Handzyuk succumbed to complications from an acid attack.
  • Judicial Framework and Independence score improved from 2.25 to 2.50. Ukraine’s new Supreme Court began its work in 2018, while the government moved to create an anticorruption tribunal. Despite these structural reforms, the independence of the judiciary remains in doubt, while high-profile assaults sometimes go unpunished.

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    50 100 partly free
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    59 100 partly free