Inching Towards Instability: Anti-Putin Demonstrations Sweep Russia

On 17 January 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested, sparking a wave of demonstrations in opposition to President Vladimir Putin. ACLED Europe Research Manager Franklin Holcomb, Europe Assistant Research Manager Olha Polishchuk, Europe Researcher Aidar Dossymov, and Research Analyst Adam Miller map the spike in unrest. © 2021 Armed Conflict Location & Event…

Regional Overview: Europe
25-31 October 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus. In Ukraine, a decision by the Constitutional Court has undermined the state’s ability to fight corruption and will likely increase public frustration with the slow pace of reforms. In Russia, demonstrations in support of former…

Regional Overview: Europe
18-24 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Large demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus, though neither the government nor the demonstrators have indicated a shift in demands or in resolve. Political violence surrounding 25 October local elections in Ukraine increased slightly. Demonstrations in Russia in support of…

Regional Overview: Europe
11-17 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Large demonstrations continued in Belarus against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Anti-government demonstrations in support of former Governor of Khabarovsk Sergei Furgal continued in Russia for the 99th day, though at a diminished scale. Meanwhile, the conservative Turkish-backed candidate won presidential elections in Northern…

Regional Overview: Europe
4-10 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at generally low levels. Major demonstrations continued in Belarus against the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Large demonstrations took place in Greece ahead of the announcement of a guilty verdict in the trials of the Greek neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn.  In Belarus, authorities continued to crackdown on…

Regional Overview: Europe
27 September-3 October 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 demonstrators demanded the inauguration of opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya as president. In Belarus, protests against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued throughout the week, though no significant changes…

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…