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
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
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
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…