Regional Overview: Europe
1-7 November 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at very low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus despite state repression as the European Union applied sanctions to members of Belarus’ elite. In Moldova, the reformist presidential candidate won the first round of elections against populist President Igor Dodon, setting the stage…

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…

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
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
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…

Regional Overview: Europe
22-28 March 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe declined significantly as restrictive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus prevented many protest gatherings. A handful of protests were reported over restrictive government measures and over material shortages resulting from the coronavirus pandemic in Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. The parliament in Kosovo ousted the government…

Regional Overview: Europe
15-21 March 2020

Last week, demonstration events in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe decreased sharply to no more than a dozen demonstrations. This is a three-quarter decrease compared to the weekly average this year. The decrease comes after governments across the region enacted measures banning public gatherings, including demonstrations, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In…

Regional Overview: Europe 26 January – 1 February 2020

Last week, demonstrations across the Balkans and Southeastern Europe remained high, in particular in Montenegro and Greece. Demonstrations in Eastern Europe, including Russia and Ukraine, remained relatively low compared to previous months. In Montenegro, protests against the Religious Freedom Law continued for the sixth week, with dozens of marches and processions being held in most…