About: authoritarian regime

Enlargement 08-07-2021

Game on for the Premier League in Serbia?

Luring them with football, Serbia’s leadership want to lock Balkan audiences into their favoured TV channels carrying anti-western narratives, which correspond with the country’s growing ties to the likes of China, Russia and Hungary, writes Marko Milosavljevič.
Global Europe 07-07-2021

Nicaragua opposition arrests climb to 26

Nicaragua has arrested a sixth presidential contender and four other opposition figures, police said Tuesday (6 July), bringing to 26 the number of people rounded up by long-term leader Daniel Ortega's forces ahead of November elections.
Europe's East 06-07-2021

Belarus jails Lukashenko foe Babariko for 14 years in sham trial

A court in Belarus jailed former presidential contender Viktor Babariko for 14 years on Tuesday (6 July) after convicting him on corruption charges he denied, sparking condemnation from the West and the embattled opposition-in-exile.
Enlargement 06-07-2021

Analysis: Vucic’s balancing act with the EU

Serbia's progress towards the EU should not be expected as long as Aleksandar Vučić is the most powerful politician in the country, writes Darko Čačić, in an article he submitted to EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Europe's East 23-06-2021

Lukashenko blasts ‘Nazi’ Germany after new Western sanctions

Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko Tuesday (22 June) accused modern Germany of Nazism on the 80th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of the USSR and a day after coordinated Western sanctions on his country.
Europe's East 22-06-2021

West piles coordinated sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday (21 June) by imposing coordinated sanctions after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner to arrest a regime critic.
Global Europe 10-06-2021

New US sanctions amid calls to free Nicaragua opposition figures

The global community urged Nicaragua Wednesday (9 June) to free four recently-detained opposition presidential candidates, as the United States announced sanctions against allies of long-serving leader Daniel Ortega. The detention of the four — the last two of whom were...
EU-China 10-06-2021

EU considers sending delegation to Hong Kong after electoral law reform

The European Union denounced on Wednesday (9 June) Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city.
Global Europe 10-06-2021

Russian court outlaws Navalny organisations, branding them as ‘extremist’

A court in Moscow on Wednesday (9 June) branded the political organisations of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as "extremist" and barred them from working in Russia, a further blow to the embattled opposition ahead of parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 10-06-2021

Belarus: a moment of truth for European values

Firmness is the only answer to Alexander Lukashenko’s Soviet-era thuggery. But in addition to strict sanctions, those who oppose oppression need our help: psychological support and scholarships for now-exiled young activists, support for media and shelter for journalists, writes Frans Timmermans.
Global Europe 09-06-2021

Third potential presidential candidate detained in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan authorities on Tuesday (8 June) detained a third potential presidential candidate amidst a deepening crackdown by President Daniel Ortega, branded a "dictator" by the United States, ahead of elections later this year.
Europe's East 08-06-2021

Belarus strongman toughens protest laws

Belarusian strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday (8 June) signed legislation toughening protest laws, raising the stakes of a crackdown following his disputed re-election last year.
Europe's East 04-06-2021

Belarus authorities stage propaganda ‘interview’ with jailed journalist

Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, who was arrested after his plane was forced to land in Minsk, appeared on state television Thursday (4 June) in a tearful interview that family and campaigners say was conducted under duress.
China 03-06-2021

MEPs sound the alarm over Chinese mass surveillance project in Belgrade

The European Parliament is taking a close look at China's high-tech present to Serbia, a mass surveillance system that involves the installation of thousands of smart surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition features, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, France) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 02-06-2021

Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov detained, EU warns of ‘shrinking space’ for civil society

Prominent Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov was detained and faced possible jail time Tuesday (1 May) as authorities ramped up pressure on dissenters ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 31-05-2021

Putin and Lukashenko go for boat ride after plane outcry

Russian President Vladimir Putin took Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko for a boat trip on Saturday (29 May) as the close allies met for a second day and held "informal talks" amid the outcry after Minsk diverted a European plane.
Global Europe 27-05-2021

Navalny sues prison for censoring his newspapers

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, speaking in a court appearance via videolink, on Wednesday (26 May) accused the prison where is being held of censoring his newspapers by cutting out articles.
Europe's East 27-05-2021

Defiant Lukashenko defends plane diversion, blasts critics

A defiant President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday (26 May) defended Belarus's diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident on board, lashing out at critics at home and abroad.
Global Europe 26-05-2021

War-ravaged Syria heads to polls with Assad set to win

Polling stations opened Wednesday (26 May) across Syria for an election where few doubt that Bashar al-Assad will extend his grip on power for a fourth term, in a war-battered country mired in economic crisis.
Europe's East 25-05-2021

EU leaders agree to pile sanctions on Belarus over jetliner ‘state piracy’

Western powers prepared to pile sanctions on Belarus and cut off its aviation links, furious after it scrambled a warplane to intercept a Ryanair aircraft and arrest a dissident journalist, an act one leader denounced as 'state piracy'.
Europe's East 24-05-2021

Vilnius university says its student travelling with Protasevich also detained, demands release

A Belarusian university in Vilnius on Monday (24 May) said its student Sofia Sapega, 23, who was travelling with journalist Roman Protasevich, had also been detained when their flight was diverted there from Vilnius and demanded her release.
Digital & Media 24-05-2021

Minutes to touchdown: the moment the Belarusian journalist knew his time was up

Ryanair Flight 4978 had already begun its descent into the Lithuanian capital when the pilot announced that the plane would be suddenly diverting to Minsk, capital of neighbouring Belarus.
Europe's East 24-05-2021

Belarus ‘state terrorism’ suddenly tops the agenda as EU leaders meet

Belarus forced a plane carrying an opposition activist to land in its capital, provoking a furious outcry from world leaders who described it as an "act of state terrorism" ahead of an EU summit expected to toughen sanctions on Minsk.
Europe's East 22-05-2021

Belarus opposition activist dies in prison

A Belarusian political activist has died in jail where he was serving time for participating in the demonstrations that rocked the ex-Soviet country last year after a disputed presidential election, local media reported.