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Regional Press Review (27 Apr-4 Mai)


Russia detains 200 in week after Navalny protests. 

EU blasts “manipulation” of vaccine info by Russia, China. 

Russia puts U.S. top of “unfriendly countries” list. 

Biden “not seeking escalation” with Russia, but “actions have consequences”. 

European Parliament to vote on resolution condemning Russia. 

EU summons Russian envoy over travel bans on Brussels officials. 

G7 to discuss decisive action to counter threats like Russia and China.

U.S. Embassy to cut staff, most visas for Russians as Moscow bans “unfriendly” hiring. 


Ruling bloc criminalizes “election campaign obstruction”. 

Armenian Lawmakers reject Pashinyan’s candidacy as new PM.

Armenia slides in press freedom rankings. 


President Aliyev voices “last warning” for Armenia. 


Bulgaria suspects six Russians in arms depot explosions.

Bulgaria set for early elections after last attempt to form government fails. 


EU delegation welcomes opposition MPs entering Parliament, Rurua’s release. 

Venice Commission & OSCE/ODIHR assess amendments to election code of Georgia.

U.S. Embassy: deeply disappointed by ruling party’s rushed decision. 


Moldovan President calls snap parliamentary elections.

U.S. calls vote to remove judge “blatant attack” on democratic norms. 


Hungary–Romania mixed committee on minority issues relaunched. 

World Bank lends Romania EUR 100 million to repair schools. 

No agreement with EC on key relaunch projects.


Turkey says it’s glad a woman leads EU’s executive branch. 

U.N.’s Guterres says common ground elusive in Cyprus talks.

IPI condemns police directive preventing audio-visual reporting on protests. 

Erdoğan avoids escalating genocide dispute with Biden. 


Head Of Ukrainian energy giant Naftogaz replaced.

Ukrainian security service says it prevented cyberattack ordered by Moscow. 

EU must be ready to react if Russia crosses red lines in relation to Ukraine—Borrell.

Half a million Russian passports issued in eastern Ukraine in last two years. 

EU, U.S. criticize sacking of Ukraine’s Naftogaz CEO. 

Blinken to visit Ukraine amid Russia’s “ongoing aggression”. 


Czech senators could take legal action against Zeman over Vrbětice remarks. 

MEPs to debate EU response to Czech charge Russian spies caused deadly 2014 explosion. 

EC will investigate possible Czech breach of rule of law over conflict of interest. 

Thousands rally against Czech President over Russia stance. 

Eurobarometer: Czechs’ trust in their government lowest in EU.

Czech Republic improves its cybersecurity following spate of attacks. 


Hungarian Parliament overhauls higher education amid outcry. 

Deutsche Welle launches Hungarian service. 


Freedom House accuses Hungary and Poland of spreading anti-democratic practices. 

Purge of editors begins despite court ruling suspending purchase of Polska Press.

Poland submits National Recovery Plan to European Commission. 

Poland’s government requests Czechia stop offering abortions to Polish women. 


Russia expels 7 EU diplomats from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia. 


Anti-government protest held in Ljubljana. 

CoE platform concerned about media situation in Slovenia. 

Government adopts national recovery and resilience plan. 

Jourova to visit Slovenia to discuss initiative on security of journalists. 

One in five Slovenians experienced discrimination, report shows. 

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