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The Thaw Is Over
Hopes that Lukashenka had turned over a new leaf were definitively quashed with the brutality and extent of the crackdown during and after the recent “parasites” demonstrations.
By Paulina Kaltavicanka


April 4
Somber Mood Darkens Successful Putin-Lukashenka Meeting
The two leaders announced a reset of energy agreements, seemingly ending years of squabbling that has hurt the Belarusian economy.

IMF Approves $1 Billion for Ukraine
Fund again chides Kyiv for slow progress on reforms meant to help Westernize country’s creaking economy.

April 3
Vucic Cruises to Win in Serbian Presidential Vote
Country’s most powerful politician of recent years says he will respect his constitutional role as a largely ceremonial head of state.

Armenian Ruling Party Eases to Election Victory
Although the country recently switched to a parliamentary system, critics fear President Serzh Sargysan will remain its most powerful man when he leaves office.

March 31
Reunion Holiday Stirs Up Passions in Chisinau
Chisinau sees Bucharest’s decision to make the anniversary a public holiday as a way of fomenting unionist feelings. 

Probe into Abduction of Former Slovak President’s Son Might Reopen
Parliamentary attempts to overturn controversial amnesty could lead to solving the case of Michal Kovac Jr.’s kidnapping. 

Too Good to Be True
Fake news reports about visa-free travel to the U.S. give false hope to Azerbaijanis. 


With Blinders On 
Russia’s privileged young millennials are savvy and sophisticated but also disillusioned, paranoid, and politically apathetic.
By Violeta Davoliute

From Lads to Lords 
In post-Soviet Russia, many a future tycoon learned the merits of teamwork, discipline, and respect for authority on the mean streets.
By Maxim Edwards

Albania: The Worst and the Brightest 
Two new books in English shed light on modern-day Albania, from the rise of its Stalinist dictatorship to its far from complete transition to democracy.
By Besar Likmeta


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