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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

Al Jazeera Balkans crew attacked at a right-wing opposition party protest in Skopje

Assaulted female journalist insisted on reporting the incident to the police and tracking the attacker, as a way to stand up to a culture of impunity for violence against journalists.

How churches became entangled in Belarus’ political crisis

As the crisis drags on, the leader of Belarus' Catholics was denied entry into the country and his Orthodox counterpart was replaced. Both had publicly criticised the crackdown on protesters.

What is Russia's endgame in Belarus?

Moscow has wearied of embattled President Alexander Lukashenka and is now concerned with protecting its interests in an eventual (and inevitable) transition of power, says Belarusian political scientist Yuri Tsarik.

Netizens across former Yugoslavia celebrate 75 years of women's suffrage

"And women managed to win that right -- be careful not to faint -- under communism."

The path to the square: The role of digital technologies in Belarus’ protests

Today, state violence against protests is becoming less effective in suppressing them. As the situation in Belarus shows, violence provides a new motivation for people to take to the streets.

‘We could present our revolution at a design festival': a Belarusian artist reflects on protest imagery

Many of the banners and placards waved by Belarusian protesters are works of art in their own right. Theirs is a mass movement with an artistic sensibility, says Darya Sazanovich.

Serbian cartoons expose political manipulation about COVID-19 vaccines from China and/or Russia

Serbian government has announced that it will provide the population with vaccines against COVID-19 from an undisclosed source, inspiring political cartoons.

Disinformation about Belarus spreads in the Balkans via online portals and social media

Fact-checkers from Serbia and North Macedonia have been detecting and countering disinformation favoring the authoritarian regime in Belarus in the mold of previous propaganda narratives from pro-Kremlin troll armies.

Belarusian labour activists pressured as political crisis drags on

Growing labour unrest and strikes at key state-owned businesses have become a major challenge to embattled president Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The authorities have struck back with a pressure campaign against the...

Here's why this feminist philosopher has high hopes for Belarus’ protests

For the feminist and political philosopher Olga Shparaga, the protests in her country offer a chance to develop new solidarities and forge a feminist agenda for Belarus' future development

Lukashenka or Lukashenko? Why Anglophone media use different spellings for the embattled Belarusian leader

The answer: It depends.

‘Lukashenka's time is over': a Belarusian writer urges solidarity from afar

"Lukashenka says Belarusians abroad are controlled by puppet-masters, but it's the other way around. It is the Belarusian protesters in Belarus who are the masters, and we, the diaspora, are...

‘Concerned IT specialists’ launch database of detained Belarusian protesters

Since August 9, over 7,000 people have been detained in mass protests against the Belarusian government. A new database provides their names and locations — in a bid to get...

Belarus in turmoil: The view from neighbouring Lithuania 

Lithuania has long played an outsized role in European engagement with Belarus. Its capital Vilnius teems with political exiles from Minsk — are today's protesters fated to join them?

How one Telegram channel became central to Belarus’ protests

A channel on the Telegram messeng er service run by four Belarusian journalists in Poland has become a crucial source of information on the political upheavals in their homeland

Thirty years after his tragic death, iconic Soviet musician Viktor Tsoi continues to inspire demonstrators

Even younger generations of Russian-speakers who have no memory of the Soviet period are enraptured by the story of Viktor the rebel, who sided with the people against the system.

‘This is a partisan movement of a partisan nation': a Belarusian poet reflects on her homeland's turmoil

"The greatest weakness made visible in these past months has been how little the state knows its own people," says poet Valzhyna Mort

Belarusian workers support protesters with growing strikes

Workers across the country are striking in solidarity with Belarusians who have been detained and beaten during mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenka.

Women's cooperative in Srebrenica produces ‘protective masks for everyone’

"There are not a lot of us in Srebrenica and we need to stick together through communion and mutual care."

Meet the artist embroidering Belarus’ protests

From faraway Prague, the Belarusian artist Rufina Bazlova is paying homage to the protests in her homeland by depicting them in traditional Belarusian embroidery.

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