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,…

Regional Overview: Europe
21-27 June 2020

Protest activity remained at previous low levels or declined more so across Eastern Europe, other than in Russia. Notable developments include protests against proposed changes to the constitution in Russia, which is currently subject to a national referendum and continued protests against political oppression in Belarus ahead of the 9 August elections. In Russia and…

Regional Overview: Europe
14-20 June 2020

Protest activity remained at similarly low levels relative to prior weeks across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe with the exception of a surge in protest activity in Belarus. Notable regional developments include an increase in protest activity in response to regime oppression and concerns about electoral legitimacy in Belarus ahead of…

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
31 May – 6 June 2020

Demonstration activity last week remained at similar levels relative to weeks prior in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, yet decreased in Eastern Europe. Notable regional developments include ongoing protests against the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka ahead of the upcoming elections, solidarity rallies in Greece with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests…

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…