Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Ukraine's SBU Raids RIA, RT in Kiev
The SBU, the Ukrainian domestic security agency, raided
the Kiev offices of the two Russia-based news agencies on May 15. The agency also detained Kirill Vyshinskiy, head of RIA Novosti in Kiev, on charges of treason. If convicted, Vyshinskiy could face up to 15 years of jail time.
The Russian government openly condemned the raid, which Ukrainian authorities stated was part of an investigation into Russia's use of media outlets as levers in a "hybrid war" against Ukraine.
Authorities have promised
to hold talks with White Noise, a grassroots group that organized protests for the liberalization of drug laws and the resignation of Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
These protests were sparked by police raids of two clubs in Tbilisi on May 11, and disbanded as counterprotests gathered momentum on May 13.
Kvirikashvili has stated that the government will maintain its firm stance on the drug trade while advocating for a more humane policy on drug users.
Slovak President Andrej Kiska has announced
that he would not seek reelection next year. Kiska, a pro-EU independent, was the most high-level opponent to controversial former Prime Minister Robert Fico. Fico resigned after mass protests demanded his removal in March.