Month: February 2021

Key Takeaways of the 6th Belarusian People’s Assembly for International Investors

On 11−12 February, the All Belarusian People’s Assembly (ABPA) met in Minsk. By staging the event, the authorities’ responded to the political crisis in the country — regular mass protests in the aftermath of the August 2020 Presidential election. The ABPA is seen as an instrument for resolving the political differences that emerged from the …

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New Advertising Tax Sparks Major Protests From Polish Media Players

On 2 February 2021, the Polish Ministry of Finance published a draft bill introducing a controversial new advertising tax on both conventional and online advertising revenues.  Following the pre-consultation period, which closed on February 16, the Bill will be open for public consultation, after which the Government is aiming to ratify it quickly in Parliament …

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Ukraine Looks to Break Impasse Over Collection of Copyright Fees

In late December 2020, Ukraine’s ruling party attempted to bring to an end the long-running saga surrounding the collection of copyright fees from manufacturers/importers of electronic devices able to reproduce copyright-protected content. The issue has been paralysed due to a stand-off between the Collective Management Organizations responsible for collecting these fees and the impacted business …

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Throttling of Twitter in Russia

On March 16 Russia’s Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN) stated that it is ready to impose a full blocking on Twitter in Russia within one month

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Coalition Crisis in Slovakia

Slovakia’s ruling multi-party coalition has been plunged into a full-scale political crisis after Prime Minister Igor Matovič singlehandedly moved to acquire the Russian-made Sputnik V

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Post-Election Crisis In Georgia

Analysis and Implications After the Crackdown On the Georgian Opposition The political impasse in Georgia between the country’s ruling Georgian Dream party (GD) and its

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