Lennart Landman is the Quality Assurance Coordinator at ACLED, where he oversees the real-time coding, weekly analyses, and the expansion of coverage into new countries. He previously worked as a researcher on European security and defence issues for the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. He holds an MA in International Relations and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen.

Regional Overview: Europe
7-13 June 2020

Demonstration activity last week remained at similarly low levels relative to weeks prior across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. Notable regional developments included marches in solidarity with the American Black Lives Matter movement, coronavirus-related demonstrations, and protests ahead of pivotal upcoming national votes in Russia and Belarus.  Protests against racism and…

Regional Overview: Europe
17-30 May 2020

Between 17 and 30 May, demonstrations decreased in the Balkans, remained at similar levels in Southeastern Europe, and increased in Eastern Europe. Demonstrations relating to the coronavirus pandemic and government responses decreased slightly, while demonstrations over issues unrelated to coronavirus picked up. Notable developments included a surge of anti-government protests in Moldova, an increase in…

Regional Overview: Europe
10-16 May 2020

Last week, demonstrations continued in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe, with about half of demonstrations relating to coronavirus. In some cases, demonstrations appear to be fueled by disinformation. Notable developments were the reduction of anti-government protests in Serbia and the resurgence of Serbian Orthodox demonstrations in Montenegro.  In Croatia, owners and employees of…

Regional Overview: Europe
3-9 May 2020

Last week, demonstrations increased across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe, primarily due to a rise in demonstrations over issues unrelated to coronavirus. Notable developments were anti-government protests in Serbia and Belarus. Owners and employees of small transport companies protested in nearly a dozen Croatian cities over not being able to work due to…

Regional Overview: Europe
26 April – 2 May 2020

Demonstrations related to the pandemic and other issues increased last week, particularly in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Notable developments include the surge in anti-government demonstrations in Serbia and labor groups demonstrating over the economic effects of coronavirus measures in Ukraine.  In Serbia, nightly demonstrations against the government and anti-democratic policies surged, with citizens protesting…

Regional Overview: Europe
19-25 April 2020

Last week, demonstration event numbers remained low across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. Most demonstrations were held over government measures relating to the coronavirus crisis. Notable were protests and riots by members of the Romani community in Bulgaria and Romania, who face stigmatization and are disproportionately targeted by quarantine measures. In Bosnia…

Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 April 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Southeastern Europe increased, with traders, healthcare workers, and Romani minorities demonstrating over lack of government support during the coronavirus crisis. Several demonstrations were also held in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Russia, in particular over government measures relating to the coronavirus. A handful of violent incidents were also reported relating to…

Regional Overview: Europe
5-11 April 2020

Last week, demonstration events throughout the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia remained low amidst ongoing coronavirus measures that limit public gatherings. Most of the demonstrations that did take place were held over government responses to the coronavirus crisis. In Serbia, manufacturing laborers protested over having to work without protective health equipment. Citizens in…

Donbas: Where the Guns Do Not Stay Silent

On 10 December 2019, leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France met in Paris in the ‘Normandy’ format1 to discuss peace plans for the Donbas region of Ukraine, where the conflict between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces has now entered its seventh year. Although frontlines have stabilized, fighting continues on a daily basis.…

Regional Overview: Europe
29 March-4 April 2020

Last week, demonstration activity throughout the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia remained low due to coronavirus measures banning public gatherings. Despite the bans, a handful of demonstrations were held, primarily over coronavirus-related issues. In Kosovo, villagers of Podujeva protested against the quarantine of the entire town. In Greece, Romani Christian Orthodox protesters rallied…