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…

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,…

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…