Database of protests, repressions and concessions in Ukraine is created through systematic monitoring of news feeds of more than 190 national, regional and activist web media. Media reports are often used as a source of data in international studies of social movements. Similarly, protest event analysis is a well-established method. Of course, like the rest of techniques, it has its drawbacks. Media can distort information or even completely ignore certain protests due to political bias, limitations of format, or lack of “sensation” in some of the events, etc. However, there are many ways to overcome the weaknesses of the approach. These include an increase in the number of sources monitored and inclusion of different types of media: mainstream national, regional and activist. Despite the drawbacks, media is an accessible source of information on the wide range of protest events, not only individual protests.
State is the only actor capable of gathering information on protests around the country through individual local observers. However, the data on “mass gatherings”, collected by the Ministry of Interior and the data on rallies and demonstrations conducted by NGOs, collected by the State Statistics Service are not credible. This is due to the lack of basic definitions of measurement units, unreliable sources of information and improbable differences in the number of events between similar regions.
We ask the users of Ukrainian Protest and Coercion Database to keep in mind, that more sensational protests (characterized by mass participation, violence, unique tactics, attendance of prominent organizations or individuals, etc.), especially if conducted in large cities and regional centers and connected to other major events, are likely to be over-represented in the data.
Full description of methodology can be found in the project codebooks for each year:
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