Said the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe observers delegation Andread Gross in an interview to the Ukrainian Week .
When asked about the Russian experience as an example for Yanukovych, Gross said: "I will surprise you a little. Regarding the tendencies of democratic development the situation in Ukraine is worse than in Russia."
"First of all, you don't have big demonstrations," he said. According to him, starting last December, Russia has seen protests which are an indicator of a civil society. "You can see many positive development tendencies there, while this does not happen in Ukraine," noted the expert.
Gross noted that since the revolution in 2004, "millions of Ukrainian citizens became disappointed and turned their backs to politics."
"Today I see many similarities to Kuchma's times, particularly in regard to freedom of speech. After the revolution many people thought that freedom of speech cannot be limited and now it is practically extinct," said Gross.
"Ukraine is experiencing a setback in regard to democracy and Russia is making a small progress," he said.
"It is my strong belief that Yanukovych is not as much repeating Putin's path as trying to build his own clan - "the Family" - and with it control the Ukrainian politics. And this is much worse," noted the European politician.