Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Pashinyan Chosen Prime Minister of Armenia
On May 8, Armenia's parliament voted
59 to 42 to select opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the country's Prime Minister. Pashinyan lost the first parliamentary vote on May 1st after protests he had spearheaded led to the former Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan, to resign.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to Pashinyan, urging the new leader to continue to honor the two countries' framework of bilateral agreements. Pashinyan met
with Putin for the first time on May 14th.
Poland's anti-trust watchdog has launched an investigation
against Russia gas company Gazprom and five other international companies that have invested in the Nordstream-2 pipeline project. Investors could face fines or, if not able to prove competition, could be forced to sell a portion of their stakes in the project.
Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev was cleared
of government conspiracy charges and released from custody by a Tashkent court. Though the court convicted him of anti-government propaganda, this lesser charge brought with it a minor sentence of community service.