Eurasia This Week: May 20, 2021

May 20, 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.

The seventh century Talin Cathedral in Armenia’s Aragatsotn Province. Armenia holds snap elections next month. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Travis K. Witt (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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 (May 19, 2021): In Armenian elections, Karabakh is on the ballot

OC Media/Global Voices (May 18, 2021): Armenian parliament dissolved, paving way for June elections

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

Dumitru Minzarari, Jamestown Foundation (May 19, 2021): Moldova’s Enduring Political Crisis: A Showcase for Russia’s New Model of Foreign Aggression

Madalin Necsutu, Balkan Insight (May 18, 2021): Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine Pledge to Take Joint Path to EU

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

AFP (May 22, 2021): Russian Police Break Up Opposition Meeting

DW (May 18, 2021): Alexei Navalny: Russia moves a step closer to banning FBK from elections

Euronews (May 18, 2021): Russian MPs move a step closer to banning Navalny allies from elections

RFE/RL (May 18, 2021): Russian Lawmakers Back More Restrictive Civil Society Legislation

Georgia Local Elections: October 2021 (due)

Georgia is due to hold local elections in October 2021. These follow last year’s parliamentary elections, which took place 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. Although the crisis has eased, tensions remain. More

Kakhaber Kemoklidze and Natia Seskuria, RUSI (May 20, 2021): Targeting Turkish–Georgian Relations: Russian Disinformation is Taking a Local Turn

Past Eurasia Elections

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

BelTA – Belarus state media (May 21, 2021): No plans to amend election laws prior to referendum on Belarusian Constitution

RFE/RL (May 19, 2021): EU Slams Belarus For Shutting Independent News Site

RFE/RL (May 18, 2021): Lukashenka Signs Law Allowing Belarusian Police To Use Firearms Against Demonstrators

Eurasia Elections in 2021 and 2022

Armenia Snap Parliamentary Elections: June 20, 2021

Russia Parliamentary Elections: By September 19, 2021

Georgia Local Elections: October 2021 (due)

Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Elections Take 2: Fall 2021 (expected)

Uzbekistan Presidential Election: October 24, 2021

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