Regional Overview: Europe
20-26 September 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at generally low levels, similar to previous weeks. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued as he conducted a closed presidential inauguration. Belarusian state forces continued to arrest and use violence against demonstrators.  In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in…

Regional Overview: Europe
13-19 September 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe decreased. In Belarus, large demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued. In Ukraine, ceasefire violations continued, though the violations have been minimal since the recent 22 July ceasefire agreement.  In Russia, there was a minor uptick in demonstrations due to recent regional elections and solidarity demonstrations. These…

Regional Overview: Europe
6-12 September 2020

Last week, demonstration activity decreased across Eastern Europe. In Belarus, large demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued. Demonstrations were also reported in Montenegro against the use of Serbian symbols by the pro-Serbian opposition, which claimed victory in elections last week. In Belarus, demonstrations against the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued. More than…

Regional Overview: Europe
2 August-5 September 2020

From 2 August to 5 September, demonstration activity increased across Eastern Europe. Key developments include: a surge in demonstrations against the government of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus following fraudulent elections; large demonstrations in Bulgaria against government corruption; and continued demonstrations in Russia against repressive actions by the government. In Belarus, demonstrations over dissatisfaction with electoral…

Lukashenko’s Last Legs? The 2020 Belarusian Presidential Election

Weekly demonstrations have more than tripled going into the presidential election in Belarus as thousands take to the streets to protest the country’s closed political environment. ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik, Europe Research Manager Franklin Holcomb, and Europe Researcher Cristian Vlas chart key trends ahead of the vote. © 2020 Armed Conflict Location & Event…

Regional Overview: Europe
26 July-1 August 2020

Last week in Eastern Europe, demonstration activity decreased overall. Key regional developments include: many demonstrations in Russia against the government’s decision to arrest and replace the governor of Khabarovsk Oblast and major demonstrations for free elections and against President Lukashenko in Belarus.  Demonstrations against state-driven political repression continued in Belarus and Russia. In Belarus, in…

Regional Overview: Europe
19-25 July 2020

Last week in Eastern Europe, demonstration activity slightly decreased. Key regional developments include: major demonstrations in Russia against what is perceived to be the politically motivated arrest of a governor in the Khabarovsk Oblast; widespread demonstrations in Belarus ahead of the August presidential election; and continued anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria and Moldova. Anti-government demonstrations continued…

Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 July 2020

In Eastern Europe, key developments include: a spike in anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria; an increase in demonstrations in Belarus ahead of the August presidential election; and major protests in Russia against what are perceived to be politically motivated arrests and prosecutions of activists and politicians across the country. Anti-government demonstration activity surged dramatically in Bulgaria…

Regional Overview: Europe
5-11 July 2020

In Eastern Europe and Russia, key developments last week include: demonstrations against the arrest of prominent journalists and political figures in Russia and large anti-government demonstrations related to corruption and coronavirus in Bulgaria and Serbia. Anti-government demonstrations took place in Bulgaria, Belarus, and Greece last week. In Bulgaria, thousands protested for three days in Sofia,…