Protests in Belarus: is Change Possible?

On August 9 Belarus held its Presidential elections. The first and only President of Belarus, Aliaksandr Lukashenka, claims to have won these elections with an 80% vote share against 10% for opposition candidate Tsikhanouskaya. Due to an (even for Belarus!)…

My Approach to Getting Involved in a Political Party

I recently graduated and have since gotten more involved in politics, by becoming more involved with the Dutch social-liberal party D66. At party events I noticed that a lot of people would like to get more involved as well, but…

Belarus’s Youth Bloc: campaigning for youth, not for seats

On November 17, Belarusians will have the chance to vote for a new parliament. As President Lukashenka has maintained a tight grip over the election process for 25 years, Belarusian elections are usually barely newsworthy events. The real institutions of…

Protest in Russia: the Case of Ivan Golunov

Recent events in Russia hint at an opportunity for a new political reality in the country. The release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov a few weeks ago followed unprecedented though still somewhat small-scale protests. This sends a clear message to…