Eurasia This Week: June 10, 2021

June 10, 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 Freedom Monument in Tbilisi, unveiled in 2006 to salute Georgia’s freedom and independence. Georgia’s local elections, due in October, have a greater-than-usual significance this year because they could trigger new parliamentary elections. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Marcin Konsek (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.

Wescott Yeaw, Foreign Brief (June 11, 2021): Early voting to begin for Armenian parliamentary elections

Karine Ghazaryan, Eurasianet (June 10, 2021): Armenian election rhetoric grows violent

Sara Khojoyan, Bloomberg (June 9, 2021): Armenia Elections Get Personal as Premier Offers Son for POWs

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

Council of Europe (June 11, 2021): Statement by PACE pre-electoral delegation ahead of the early parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

Madalin Necsutu, Balkan Insight (June 9, 2021): Attacks on Moldovan Journalists Increased in 2020, Report Says

Euronews (June 8, 2021): President of Moldova Maia Sandu launches committee to investigate grand corruption

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

Jim Risch, Washington Post (June 11, 2021): Opinion: Biden wants Russia’s cooperation. But Putin thrives on chaos.

RFE/RL (June 11, 2021): Memorial Rights Center Condemns Court Decision Labeling Navalny Organizations As ‘Extremist’

Vladimir Isachenkov, AP (June 10, 2021): Ruling bars election runs for allies of jailed Putin foe

Zahra Ullah and Anna Chernova, CNN (June 9, 2021): Russian court declares Navalny groups ‘extremist’ ahead of elections

Meduza (June 8, 2021): ‘There are no others’: Sources say Dmitry Medvedev may head United Russia’s party list for the 2021 State Duma elections

Georgia Local Elections: October 2021 (due)

Georgia is due to hold local elections in October 2021, and they are particularly important because – as a result of a deal to resolve the political crisis following last year’s parliamentary elections – they could spark new parliamentary elections if the ruling Georgian Dream party wins less than 43 percent of the proportional vote. The political climate is tense, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout. More (June 11, 2021): Parliament rejects opposition’s amnesty bill for June 2019 protests

Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet (June 10, 2021): In Georgia, has the EU overtaken the U.S.? The recent political crisis has established the EU as Georgia’s most important Western partner. (June 9, 2021): UNM opposition MPs attend their first session in parliament after six-month political standoff

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

Emma Rogers and Jonathan Chew, The Dispatch (June 11, 2021): How Alexander Lukashenko Has Maintained His Grip Over Belarus for Decades

Jonathan Landay, Reuters (June 9, 2021): Opposition leader says Belarus has become ‘North Korea of Europe’

Jennifer Hansler, CNN (June 9, 2021): US Ambassador to Belarus says new sanctions are coming ‘soon’

Eurasia Elections Coming Up in 2021 and 2022

Armenia Snap Parliamentary Elections: June 20, 2021

Moldova Snap Parliamentary Elections: July 11, 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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