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Post-Soviet countries often struggle to build democratic institutions and free and open societies, and Ukraine is no exception. In its first decade of independence, Ukraine evolved into a highly centralized and corrupt managed democracy. The seemingly inevitable progression toward autocracy was abruptly halted by the 2004 Orange Revolution, a public protest against fraudulent presidential election. However, constant political in-fighting thwarted any significant economic and political reforms and Victor Yanukovych, whose government has been widely criticized for a regression in democracy, was elected president in 2010.