Eurasia This Week: April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Your weekly roundup of news and analysis of elections in Eurasia, usually posted on Thursdays and occasionally updated throughout the week. For a full electoral calendar and interactive map, click here.

Moldova’s Soroca Fort, which was built in 1499 and played a role in several wars. Moldova holds snap parliamentary elections on July 11. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Photobank MD (CC0)

Upcoming Eurasia Elections

Armenia Snap Parliamentary Elections: June 20, 2021

Armenia is holding snap parliamentary elections on June 20 in an effort to defuse a political crisis following a defeat in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Ani Mejlumyan, Eurasianet (April 29, 2021): Armenian election campaign begins to take shape

Reuters (April 25, 2021): Armenian PM Triggers Early Election a Day after Biden’s Genocide Announcement

Miriam Berger, Washington Post (April 24, 2021): What it means for the U.S. to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide

Neil Hauer, Foreign Policy (April 24, 2021): Armenia Is Still Grieving

Moldova Snap Parliamentary Elections: July 11, 2021

Moldova is holding snap parliamentary elections on July 11, which pro-Europe center-right president Maia Sandu had been trying to call for months. Sandu trounced pro-Kremlin leftist Igor Dodon, who had been the incumbent, in the November 2020 presidential election However, no party currently has a clear majority in parliament (and Sandu’s allies are outnumbered by pro-Russian parties). The resulting political instability was reaching crisis levels. More

Craig Turp-Balazs, Emerging Europe (April 29, 2021): Moldova’s tough president gets the election she wanted

AP (April 28, 2021): Moldova’s president calls early election for July 11

Anastasia Edel, Foreign Policy (April 25, 2021): The Berlin Patient: Russia is no stranger to protests, but Navalny’s are different

Russia Parliamentary Elections: By September 19, 2021

Russia is due to hold parliamentary elections by September 19, 2021. Russian elections are neither free nor fair. Nonetheless, the opposition has been making some gains in recent regional elections, helped by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s “Smart Vote,” a campaign of tactical voting, in which they developed a list of candidates the best chance of beating Vladimir Putin’s United Russia. Consequently, the Kremlin has launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition, including imprisoning Navalny. More

David Brennan, Newsweek (April 29, 2021): Alexei Navalny Team Fixes Sights on Russia Election Showdown With Vladimir Putin

Alexandra Odynova, CBS News (April 29, 2021): Russia’s Alexey Navalny “just a horrible skeleton” in 1st court appearance since prison hunger strike

Catherine Green, Jamestown Foundation (April 29, 2021): Russia Cracks Down on ‘Foreign Threats’

Past Eurasia Elections

Georgia Parliamentary Elections: October 31 and November 21, 2020 and Local Elections: October 2021 (due)

Georgia held parliamentary elections on October 31 and November 21, 2020 in a climate of political tension, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout. Tensions have exploded into a full-blown political crisis. Local elections are due in October 2021.. More

Denis Censua, New Eastern Europe (April 29, 2021): The new ‘exits’ and ‘turning points’ in Georgia and Moldova’s political crises

JAM news (April 29, 2021): Georgian civil activists oppose introduction of tougher punishments for hooliganism and police disobedience

Malkhaz Matsaberidze, Messenger Georgia (April 28, 2021): Agreement between opposition bloc and government reached, problems remain

Katie Sartania, Carnegie Europe (April 27, 2021): Struggle and Sacrifice: Narratives of Georgia’s Modern History

Terrell Jermaine Starr, Foreign Policy (April 26, 2021): Georgian Democracy Stumbles Onward After Parliament Deal

Belarus Presidential Election: August 9, 2020

Belarus held a presidential election on August 9, 2020. In a vote widely deemed not free and not fair, incumbent Alexander Lukashenko declared victory. However, the opposition declared that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had in fact won. Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets in protest to demand free and fair elections, even in the face of assault and arrest by security forces. Protests continue. More

Euronews (April 29, 2021): “The fate of the country was at stake”: Belarus admits to “excessive” force but stands by response

Danniel Boffey, The Guardian (April 29, 2021): Belarus was given boot from Eurovision over ‘no dissent’ songs

RFE/RL (April 27, 2021): Official Says Vote On Belarus Constitutional Amendments May Be In Early 2022

AFP (April 26, 2021): Belarus Opposition Leader Calls For Austria Mediation

Paula Erizanu and Masha Gessen, Calvert Journal (April 26, 2021): “We can’t stop”: The power couple running the Belarus Free Theatre and keeping Minsk’s critical spirit alive

Authoritarianism in Central Asia

Catherine Putz, The Diplomat (April 28 ,2021): Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism

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