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Analyses | | Sławomir Matuszak

On 13 and 14 July the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted laws amending the rules of functioning of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC) and the High Council of Justice (HCJ) – two key…

Analyses | | Piotr Żochowski

On 15 July, by a majority of 291 votes, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada dismissed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov from his post, acceding to a motion he had submitted two days…

Analyses | | OSW team

In the early parliamentary elections held in Moldova on 11 July, the pro-Western Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), linked to the incumbent President Maia Sandu, received the most votes. This…

Analyses | | Sławomir Matuszak

On July 1, the law of March 31, 2020 came into force, introducing for the first time in the history of independent Ukraine the possibility for owners of agricultural land to…

Analyses | | Piotr Żochowski

On 25 June, another package of EU sanctions against Belarus, related to the Minsk regime’s serious violations of human rights, came into force. In contrast to the previous…

Analyses | | Piotr Żochowski

On 21 June, the Council of the European Union extended the list of sanctions against Belarus for the fourth time since last year’s rigged presidential elections. The…

Analyses | | Joanna Hyndle-Hussein, Piotr Żochowski

The Lithuanian State Border Guard (VSAT) has recorded a significant increase in the number of undocumented migrants arriving from Belarus. 387 people have tried to reach…

Analyses | | Piotr Żochowski, Tadeusz Iwański

Alexander Lukashenka's suggestions about the possibility of recognising the annexation of Crimea and the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass following the arrest of Raman Pratasevič were met with a sharp reaction in…

Analyses | | Piotr Żochowski

On 23 May, the Belarusian government forced a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk, escorted by a MiG-29 fighter, under the pretence that there was a bomb on board. The local security…

Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński, Piotr Żochowski

In recent weeks, the Belarusian regime has taken legislative steps to create a legal framework for the further escalation of repression against opponents. On May 14,…