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Ukraine ranks 77th among 126 countries in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index in 2019.

According to the index, compared to preliminary estimates, Ukraine was four positions up and ranks 7th out of the 13 countries in the region (Eastern Europe and Central Asia).

Ukraine's neighbors in the rating are Thailand and Serbia.

Russia ranks 88th and Belarus is 66th.

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The top three overall performers in the 2019 WJP Rule of Law Index were Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three were the Democratic Republic of the Congo (124), Cambodia (125), and Venezuela (126).

"This slide in rule of law in general and checks on government powers in particular is deeply concerning," commented Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the World Justice Project. "There is a crucial difference between 'rule by law' and 'rule of law.' In too many countries, laws and legal institutions are being manipulated to undermine rather than uphold the rule of law, even as governments wrap their actions in 'rule of law' rhetoric."

The WJP Rule of Law Index 2019 presents a portrait of the rule of law in 126 countries by providing scores and rankings based on eight factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.