A cyclist rides past the construction site of the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project in June 2016. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic poised to become president in Sunday’s election

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban greeting  Poland’s Beata Szydlo at the Central Eastern European Innovators Summit in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Almost all refugees and migrants now held in spartan border facilities under new measure

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with Serbia’s prime minister and candidate for the presidency Aleksandar Vucic at the Kremlin on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

West claims Russia increasing its role in political exploitation of tense Balkan states

Police  detain anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Alexei Navalny arrested at march triggered by corruption charges against prime minister

People  protest against increased tariffs for communal services and new taxes in Minsk, Belarus, on March 15th. The placard , referring to the country’s president, reads: “Lukashenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread”. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Rights groups decry crackdown on protesters as anti-government rallies grow

The body of Denis Voronenkov is carried away by forensic experts in downtown Kiev on Thursday. Mr Voronenkov appeared to be a loyal pro-Kremlin deputy in Russia’s parliament until he was accused of fraud and fled to Ukraine last October. Photograph:  Andrew Kravchenko/EPA

Russian ex-deputy and Putin critic Denis Voronenkov gunned down outside Kiev hotel

People protest in front of the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, against the visit of EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn and the bloc’s support for a proposed multi-ethnic coalition government. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Scandal-plagued former prime minister urges supporters to ‘defend’ country

Paul Manafort with adviser to Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway last August, prior to his resignation from the Trump election campaign team. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Papers allegedly show Paul Manafort tried to hide payments from Viktor Yanukovich

Pro-Russian rebels guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, as a  man  passes into Ukraine-controlled territory. Photograph: Valeksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Military and economic activity in breakaway regions echoes seizure of Crimea

Activists build a wall to block entrance to the Sberbank of Russia office during a protest outside a branch in Kiev on March 13th.  Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Economic war deepens amid continued fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine

A worker at the Donetsk Metallurgical Plant in the Donbas region.  Separatist leaders this month seized the mines and metal plants that are the heart of the  region’s economy. Photograph: Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images

Russian-backed separatists have seized major mines and factories in Donbas region

Yulia Samoilova performed in Crimea after its 2014 annexation by Russia – an apparent breach of Ukrainian law that could see her banned from entering the country. Photograph: YouTube

Disabled singer Yulia Samoilova could be banned from Kiev event due to Crimea performance

Supporters of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia carry a  banner saying ‘For united Macedonia’ at a protest in Skopje. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nationalists have been accused of stirring up ethnic tension to evade prosecution

Members of the Kosovo Security Force in Pristina on Monday: President Hashim Thaci announced during the ceremony he would submit a draft law to parliament on transforming the security forces into an army. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/ EPA

Plan to upgrade security forces comes in response to Russian arms deal with Serbia

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: Dismissed criticism of its asylum policy as “dreamy human rights gibberish”. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Populist PM Viktor Orban accused of flouting international law and targeting critics

Roman Nasirov, head of Ukraine’s powerful tax and customs agency, lies inside the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Kiev on Sunday. He claimed to have suffered heart problems when investigators raided his office. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Activists say Roman Nasirov is first ‘big fish’ to be targeted in fight against corruption

Macedonia’s Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev: “We have seen what happened in Ukraine, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. We have to take care here.” Photograph: Ognen Teofilvovski/Reuters

Protests and president’s refusal to back multi-ethnic government stoke fears of conflict

Boris Damovski and Bogdan Ilievski, organisers of  protests against proposals they believe would endanger national unity. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Ethnic Albanians say proposals could finally end discrimination in Balkan state

Protesters shout slogans while holding a Macedonian flag during a demonstration om Skopje on Tuesday against an agreement that would ensure the wider use of the Albanian language in the ethnically divided state. Photograph: Reuters

Moscow echoes nationalists’ fears of ‘Greater Albania’ as two-year crisis deepens

Alexander Zakharchenko: The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic   visits a metallurgical plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Protesters against smuggling and ‘trade in blood’ block rail tracks crossing the front line

 Nadiya Savchenko: The controversial pilot  has rubbished as “a complete lie”  a report that she claimed Ukraine would be better under  Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ex-military pilot Nadiya Savchenko considered a hero to some, a traitor to others

A policeman patrols an area at the Hungary and Serbia border fence near the village of Asotthalom, Hungary, on October 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

EU urged to stop Hungary tightening rules claimed to contravene obligations to refugees

Laura Codruta Kovesi with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis: Romania’s chief prosecutor says her agency faces “legislative challenges and unprecedented attacks”. Photograph: EPA/Robert Ghement

Top prosecutor says her anti-corruption agency backed by huge street protests

Bakir Izetbegovic: The Muslim Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency wants the  International Court of Justice to review its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the country’s civil war. Photograph: ELVIS Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises and tense relations still dog region more than 20 years after war’s end

Shoppers in Lidl  in Prague: Some food companies have said it is common practice to use different ingredients for same-name products in different countries. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Several states want EU to ensure products are of equal taste and quality across bloc

Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash: made a fortune selling Russian gas to Ukraine before being arrested in Austria in March 2014. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Some believe Dmytro Firtash may exchange information on corruption for his freedom

People place flowers at the monument of the so-called “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heavenly Hundred),  anti-government protesters killed in Kiev in February 2014. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Kiev and Moscow both dismiss ‘secret peace plan’ reportedly delivered to Donald Trump

Veterans and their relatives attend a ceremony to commemorate Ukrainian servicemen killed during a military conflict near the town of Debaltseve in the east of the country in 2015, in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Three years after carnage in Kiev, war and corruption have not killed hope

The soldier posing with Tatyana and the children at a memorial to over  100 people killed during Ukraine’s “Revolution of Dignity”

Activists' blockade fuels energy fears as violence flares in the east

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: ready to move “from the most powerful position to one that hasn’t got one-tenth of that power only to ensure continuity and stability”. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Critics see danger in Aleksandar Vucic's political dominance

Romanian protesters turn on the lights of  mobile phones while standing under coloured papers during a protest in front of government headquarters in Bucharest on Sunday. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/EPA

Bucharest Letter: Scandal-hit governing party claims foreign forces behind protests

Bucharest, Romania: Anti-government protesters wear T-shirts emblazoned with  a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Opposition to government energised by ruling party’s bid to blunt anti-corruption law

Allies: Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite (centre) and Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen,  welcome  a Nato battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, on Tuesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty

Nato deployment in Poland, Romania and Baltic countries a threat, says Moscow

Pro-Russian separatist commander Mikhail Tolstykh, who was known by the nom de guerre Givi, at a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the second World War, in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2015.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Highly implausible that Kiev-based hit squads could kill militia leaders so effectively

People protest against the government in Bucharest on Tuesday night, in the latest in a series of demonstrations that are the biggest in the city since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Premier Sorin Grindeanu conciliatory as cabinet survives confidence vote

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis addresses the joint chambers of the Romanian parliament, in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/Reuters

President Klaus Iohannis tells government to solve crisis after huge protests in Bucharest

Tens of thousands of people gather for a demonstration in from of the government building in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP

Confusion over beleaguered cabinet’s controversial reform plans

Children hold balloons in the colours of the Romanian flag as people protest against the government’s contentious corruption decree in Bucharest, Romania.  Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Biggest rallies since 1989 revolution against communist rule forced government U-turn

Nikki Haley: The new US ambassador to the United Nations prepares to address the security council, where she said “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions”. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Fear of a humanitarian crisis as shelling destroys power and water networks

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Budapest criticises sanctions on Moscow despite escalation in Ukraine war

  Russian president Vladimir Putin with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban at  talks in Mosco last year: Putin will face a mixed reception when he visits Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty

Orban accused of mimicking Putin’s autocratic rule ahead of visit from Russian leader

Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an armoured personnel carrier  after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in the Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region on January 30th. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty

Fierce clashes leave eight dead and 25 hurt in east Ukraine as power and water shut down

George Soros: The philanthropist said that Donald Trump “stands for that other form of government, which is the opposite of an open society. It’s really better described as a dictatorship or a mafia state.” Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Rise of Donald Trump adds new twist in tale of Hungarian allies turned enemies

Bulgaria’s president-elect Rumen Radev is congratulated by well wishers during a handover ceremony outside Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Oleg Popov/Reuters

New Bulgarian president Rumen Radev seeks better relations with Russia

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis waves to protesters in Bucharest on Sunday, January 22nd.  A proposed Bill would pardon those sentenced to jail terms shorter than five years for a range of crimes. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Ruling party’s Liviu Dragnea calls protests against legal reforms ‘start of a coup d’etat’

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó  (left) with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Hungarian leaders Putin and Orban have high hopes for Trump presidency

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: “You can’t criticise anyone for wanting to improve relations with Russia.” Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

New president’s stance on Russia and US role abroad are key questions for region

Romanians protest against government plans in Bucharest on Wednesday. Photograph: Octav Ganea via Reuters

Protesters fear anti-corruption efforts will be weakened to benefit ruling party

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Jonas Vytautas Zukas: the fence is expected to stretch for130km along the border with Kaliningrad.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

‘We see this as a threat’ Kremlin says as Poland welcomes US troops

Several thousand Serbs from Kosovo take part in a protest after a train with the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented from entering Kosovo. Photograph: EPA/Djordje Savic

Kosovo’s leader Hashim Thaci says Belgrade plans “Crimea-style” annexation

US vice president Joe Biden with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko during a   news conference in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden, on Kiev visit, says sanctions on Russia must stay

A railway worker stands by the  train bearing the words “Kosovo is Serbia” in 20 languages leaving Belgrade for Kosovo. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

Serbian leader Nikolic says Kosovars’ reaction to train shows they ‘want war’

Five migrants squat in the snow as they eat a warm meal distributed by aid groups and others queue for food, in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

About 2,000 people sleeping rough at -16 degrees in Belgrade, says humanitarian group

George Soros: The business magnate called Donald Trump a “con artist and would-be dictator”. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

George Soros-funded groups ‘must be swept out’ of Hungary, says Viktor Orban ally

Nikola Gruevski, leader of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, enters the parliament chamber in Skopje on December 30th last. The controversial former prime minister has been asked to form a new government. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nikola Gruevski faces tough talks amid rumbling corruption scandal

Kosovo Albanians protest after a former prime minister was arrested in France on an international arrest warrant filed by Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Belgrade claims ex-Kosovo chief Haradinaj carried out war crimes in 1998-1999

Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested in France on Wednesday on foot of a warrant issue by  Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Ramush Haradinaj was twice acquitted of war crimes during Kosovo conflict

Moldova’s new president, Igor Dodon, taking his oath on the Moldovan constitution during his inauguration ceremony in Chisinau before Christmas.  Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Igor Dodon accused of building up distance from EU and bolstering links with Russia

Sevil Shhaideh would have been the first woman and first Muslim to run Romania, but her nomination as prime minister has been rejected by the president, Klaus Iohannis. Photograph: Alex Micsik/EPA

Mystery over president’s rejection of Muslim woman Sevil Shhaideh for prime minister

According to Czech intelligence, a large number of  supposed Russian diplomats in Prague are actually  spies. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre

A migrant eats as others stand in line to receive free food outside a derelict customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Horrific crash that killed three highlights danger to migrants on Balkan route

US senator John McCain listens as senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia.  They have called for tough measures against Russia. Photograph:  Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Barack Obama prepares sanctions as Donald Trump eyes rapprochement with Kremlin

Soldiers of the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic on the line of contact with the Ukrainian army: Ukrainian forces appear to have been targeted by Russian-backed hackers.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Military, power grid and state agencies among Russia’s alleged hacking targets

US senator John McCain in Tallinn: ‘The best way to prevent Russian misbehaviour by having a credible, strong military and a strong Nato alliance.’  Photograph:  Reuters

Nato to boost regional presence despite doubts over Trump’s stance

Sevil Shhaideh: Critics fear Shhaideh, nominated to lead a new Romanian government, would be a de facto puppet of the country’s biggest political party.  Photograph: Inquam Photos/Ovidiu Micsik/via Reuters

Sevil Shhaideh would be Orthodox Christian country’s first female and first Muslim leader

Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico: “A migrant who arrived in Germany and got refugee status . . . is now interrogated as a suspect for this heinous crime.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Christmas market killings confirm warning about terrorist threat, says Czech leader

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), director of Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (second right), and director of foreign intelligence service Sergei Naryshkin attend a meeting dedicated to the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow and Ankara say killing will not wreck still-fragile rapprochement

 Sergei Lavrov   with Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Photograph: Andre J Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Tussle with EU for regional influence as Belgrade blames Croatia for blocking accession

A Russian soldier inspects the damage at a field hospital that was reportedly destroyed by rebel shelling on December 5th in the Furqan neighbourhood of the government-held side of west Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state media show it as tough, loyal and compassionate in Syria

A Russian navy missile boat of the Black Sea Fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russia’s rapid militarisation of annexed Crimea alarms neighbours in the region

Former prime minister Nikola Gruevski: resigned this year to end a crisis over claims that he and his allies were involved in major corruption and illegal wiretapping. Photograph: Reuters

Neck-and-neck vote unlikely to end crisis over spying and corruption

An elderly woman prepares to cast her ballot  in Sintesti, near Bucharest. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/EPA

Exit polls show strong lead for party ousted following corruption scandal a year ago

Tributes to the 64 people who died in October 2015 when a fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. It was housed inside an old shoe factory called Pionerul. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Social Democrats tipped to win Sunday’s election despite tarnished reputation

Head of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi: For most Romanians, the agency’s work represents a long overdue reckoning with a venal elite that has bled the country dry. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Chief prosecutor’s resolute exposure of top-level graft lauded by neighbours and EU

“I’m not a soldier and I found the war terrifying”: Artyom Butov, who was injured during Ukraine’s conflict, now runs a small chicken farm about 80km from the front. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

World’s interest wanes as agencies scramble to help 3.7m around eastern war zone

Ukrainian police opened fire on fellow officers when an undercover operation went  disastrously wrong

Operation to catch burglary gang triggers deadly gun battle outside capital

 Ukrainian marines in 2014 looking at a Russian ship leaving Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, shortly before the peninsula’s annexation by Russia. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty

‘We need friends,’ says Vladimir Putin denying Russia seeks geopolitical confrontation

 Valya Burakova  and her neighbours collect water from a tanker in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, where the water supply was cut by shelling on November 22nd. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Red Cross warns of humanitarian disaster as temperatures drop and winter bites

A Ukrainian woman at a memorial in honour of those killed during  the  Euromaidan Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Civil society, not politicians, forced to lead fight against corruption

Fidel Castro  welcomes Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Havana in 1989. Photograph: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty

‘Remarkable statesman’ an ‘irreparable loss’, Vladimir Putin tells Raúl Castro

Bulgarian riot police stand by  during clashes in the migrant reception centre in the town of Harmanli on Thursday. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Erdogan tells union: ‘If you go any further, these border gates will be opened’

 LinkedIn: social networking website is among those allegedly hacked into by Yevgeny Nikulin.  Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Moscow claims US is ‘hunting Russians around the world’

Security Service of Ukraine chief Vasyl Hrytsak: arrested men sought to “lure”  courier to Moscow-controlled territory. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine agents snatch two ‘deserters’ at de-facto border of annexed Crimea peninsula

A  relative cries at the memorial for those killed during the so-called Euromaidan revolution, at a ceremony in Kiev on Monday to mark its third anniversary. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroskenko says Kremlin could use protests to destabilise country

Weapons, explosives and ammunition seized during an police action near the northwestern Serbian town of Apatin. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Prime ministers and Israeli footballers seen as possible targets for attacks

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: recording contains nothing to embarrass him at home. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan says one person detained over embarrassing hoax by well-known Russian duo

Mikheil Saakashvili, former governor of the Odessa region,  describes Ukraine’s political elite as “corrupt filth”. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

While the faces in power have changed frustration grows over continued corruption

Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev (right) shakes hands with president-elect Rumen Radev prior to their meeting at the Bulgarian presidency office in Sofia on November 14th, 2016. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Political uncertainty ahead for both states amid waning enthusiasm for EU

Pro-Russian presidential candidate General Rumen Radev,  of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, meets supporters during an election rally in Karlovo. Photograph: Peter Ganev/Reuters

Anger at ‘pro-EU’ governments helps Kremlin-friendly candidates

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: “Mr Trump is good for Europe and vital for Hungary.” Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Viktor Orbán says US ‘big bang’ spells the end of ‘20 years of liberal non-democracy’

A martyoshka doll showing Donald Trump, US  president elect, left, sits beside a doll showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, dressed as a military pilot, in a souvenir store in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin hopes for joint work on leading Russian-American relations out of crisis

Hungary’s deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen and prime minister Viktor Orban  in the parliament in Budapest after it had rejected a bid by the government to change the country’s constitution to prevent refugees being resettled there. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Vote is a further blow to prime minister Viktor Orban following invalid referendum

Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s special prosecutor said  a “powerful organisation” of about 50 people from Russia, Serbia and Montenegro intended to  kill Mr Djukanovic. Photograph:      Getty Images

Russia has warned Montenegro about push for Nato membership

Gerb party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva is in favour of rapprochement with Russia. Photograph: Novnikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty

Presidential vote likely to go to run-off between air force veteran and ruling party candidate

Garda trainees receive an allowance of €184 per week for their first 32 weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Police in France and Spain have staged protests and withdrawn from some duties

Ukraine’s prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko warned that those found guilty of large-scale tax evasion could face up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Prosecutor general says deputies already reporting each other in corruption inquiry

Dollars and Ukrainian hryvhia banknotes: Roman Nasirov, who leads Ukraine’s tax service, declared several Kiev apartments and cash holdings with his wife of almost €2 million. His official salary for 2015, the Kyiv Post reports, was about €1,300. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Western-backed declaration system reveals cash and assets held by Ukrainian officials

A man reads the morning paper in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon narrowly fails to win in first round of election

Milo Djukanovic, who stepped down as Montenegro’s prime minister amid speculation over a supposed plan to seize parliament and detain him. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition rejects claims of attack plot with possible Russian link

A protester holds a copy of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was  shut down earlier this month:  its journalists described the closure  as punishment the for their critical reporting of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and his allies. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Fears grow over press freedom as Viktor Orban’s inner circle accumulates control

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