ACLED’s new Europe dataset has over 23,500 new political violence and protest events, spanning 15 countries across Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Balkans, Ukraine, and Russia. By far the highest number of events have taken place in Ukraine, where in the east active conflict rages. Across all other countries in the region, protests — against the government, advocating for better governance to address poor socio-economic conditions, and regarding national identity issues — dominate the political violence and protest landscape. While the majority of these protests across the entire region have not been not met with intervention or violence, there have been comparatively higher levels of violence against protesters and intervention in protests in Belarus and Russia, indicating these states’ increased tendency to confront and at times crack down on expressions of civil discontent.

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Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
Lennart Landman
Lennart Landman
Lennart Landman is the Research Manager for Europe at ACLED, where he oversees the real-time coding, weekly analyses, and the expansion of coverage into new countries. He previously worked as a researcher on European security and defence issues for the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. He holds an MA in International Relations and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen.
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