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Why boycott is the only way to hurt Belarusian regime

A supporter of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko holds his portrait and waves a state flag in downtown Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Presidential elections in Belarus are scheduled for October 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Presidential elections in Belarus will be held this Sunday, and there is no need to hold your breath. Belarusians already know that Lukashenko, the President of Belarus since 1994, is going to win. There are two reasons for this.

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Let the local electoral process in Ukraine begin


Following the Resolution of Verkhovna Rada “Regarding next elections of deputies of local councils and village, town and city chairmen in 2015“, the local elections campaign in Ukraine started on the 5th of September. This year elections will be held according to a new procedure. The question arises, will these new regulations impact the electoral process?

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Release of political prisoners is part of Lukashenko’s appeal to the West

Mikalai Statkevich, one of the six released prisoners, upon his arrival in Minsk. Photo credit: Reuters

One would think that a man of such posture like Lukashenko hardly needs an election strategy. Rigged electoral machinery, supressed political opposition and vanquished civil society create very favourable conditions for a landslide victory. Add more than 21 years of (mostly) unchallenged reign to this mix and one can imagine Lukashenko sitting back and planning how he is going to spend his ...

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As Georgia nears presidential elections, even a loss may be a win


Georgia is less than a week away from testing the rigidity of its democratic institutions by casting vote in the presidential elections. 

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Alexey Navalny: Mandela vs. Pinochet Moment in Russia


BBC puts a question whether the imprisonment of Alexey Navalny should be considered a “Mandela moment”. Here I will try to explain both why it can and why it cannot be viewed as such. But, first of all, what actually happened?

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From Roses to a Georgian Dream


Georgia has a much complicated and debatable history of intense geopolitical instability. Two regions – South Ossetia and Abkhazia – comprise around 20% of Georgia’s total territory and are de facto out of Tbilisi’s control. They function as entirely independent countries, with all institutions relevant to that of a full-fledged state. These breakaway regions enjoy full Russian military and economic ...

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Past and Future of Georgia: Not so Clear?


In 2012, Georgia has witnessed its first transition of power through fair and free elections. President Saakashvili conceded his party’s defeat. Thereby acknowledging that his movement is now the new opposition. Quite a dramatic twist in a region renown for autocratic rule. But what does this change of power imply for 2013 and beyond?

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