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Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

 

In recent weeks, the State Duma has passed a number of laws intended to serve as instruments for increasing state control over public activity, and which could be used to counteract opposition initiatives. Among other things,…

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska

On 21 July, President Vladimir Putin ratified the protocol on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Formally, the process of the Russian Federation's accession to the organisation will end with it being entered on…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

 

On 24 July, Tajik power structures began special operations in the Gorno – Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) directed against local criminal groups linked to former field commanders from the civil war period (1992-1997), some…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

A referendum on the impeachment of President Traian Basescu will be held on 29 July in Romania. On 18 July, under pressure from the EU, the parliament changed the rules for holding the referendum and introduced a 50 per cent turnout…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

The Albanian parliament adopted a new electoral code on 19 July. The adoption of new regulations in this area is one of the key conditions on which the EU has made granting candidate status to Albania dependent. The other requirements…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

On 3 July, the Moldovan gas monopoly Moldovagaz revealed that it has signed a provisional agreement with Gazprom to extend its gas supply contract until the end of 2012. The old contract expired on 31 December 2011. Negotiations on a…

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

Over 170 people died as a result of a flood wave which passed through the Krasnodar krai in southern Russia during the night of 6-7 July. The large number of victims was due to the lack of any warning system for impending…

Analyses | | Tadeusz A Olszański

On 3 July, the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a law on the principles of state language policy, guaranteeing ‘regional and national minorities languages’ a role as parallel official languages in public offices and local government…

Analyses | | Marcin Kaczmarski

On 30 June at a conference in Geneva (in which the permanent members of the UN Security Council, Middle East countries and the Secretaries General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States took part), a plan was adopted for a…

Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński

On 4 July, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed a decree amending the regulations governing its citizens’ exit from the Republic of Belarus. It states that a ban on leaving the country may be imposed on citizens who are under what is…