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Former Soviet countries in the economic freedom index

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Friday, January 18
Estonia was the highest scoring former Soviet country—ranking 12th—in a recent economic freedom index published by US research institute Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

Along with Lithuania and Armenia, it was the only former Soviet country to be categorized as having a “mostly free” economy.

Georgia—which was ranked 32nd—Latvia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan were all deemed to be “moderately free” economically.

Moldova, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine fell into the “mostly unfree” bracket, while Russia, Belarus and Turkmenistan were categorized as “repressed.”