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Belarusians Protest ‘Parasite Tax’

Belarusians Protest ‘Parasite Tax’

Starting on February 19, as many as 2,500 Belarusians took to the street to protest a so-called parasite tax. The parasite tax requires citizens who have not worked…

Protests Break Out in Russia on Anniversary of Opposition Leader’s Death

Protests Break Out in Russia on Anniversary of Opposition Leader’s Death

Protests broke out in Moscow on February 26 to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opposition leader and activist. The protests brought approximately…

Russia Temporarily Recognizes Passports Issued by Eastern Ukrainian Separatists

Russia Temporarily Recognizes Passports Issued by Eastern Ukrainian Separatists

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on February 18 to temporarily recognize passports issued by the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine.…

Turkmen President Wins Third Term

Turkmen President Wins Third Term

On February 17, sitting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was inaugurated, following his victory on February 12, where he won his third term as president with 97.69 percent of…

Tensions Over Montenegro’s NATO Bid

Tensions Over Montenegro’s NATO Bid

On February 14, Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic warned pro-Russian groups agitating for a referendum ahead of the country’s proposed ascension into NATO to stop opposing the country’s…

Hungary to Keep Migrants in Shipping Containers

Hungary to Keep Migrants in Shipping Containers

Hungary announced plans to begin detaining migrants in shipping containers on February 9. The refugees will be held in these containers as they wait for decisions on their…

Russia Decriminalizes Domestic Violence

Russia Decriminalizes Domestic Violence

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on February 8 decriminalizing domestic violence in Russia. Russian conservatives have pushed for the change since mid-2016, when the Supreme Court…

Macedonia Incensed by Congressman’s Comments

Macedonia Incensed by Congressman’s Comments

On February 9, U.S. House Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, shocked observers…

Ukraine’s President Promises a Referendum on NATO

Ukraine’s President Promises a Referendum on NATO

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced his plans on February 2 to hold a referendum on NATO membership, the German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reports. As violence in Eastern Ukraine…

Ukrainian Volunteers Impose Embargo on Separatist Regions

Ukrainian Volunteers Impose Embargo on Separatist Regions

On January 25, Ukrainian non-military forces launched an embargo on trains and trucks from the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), one…