Stories under this heading cover Russia, as well as countries in the eastern part of the European continent, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
The Hungarian government has blocked an €18 billion aid package for Ukraine, forcing the European Commission and other EU countries to seek an alternative solution. The Commission is looking into providing an alternative mechanism for channeling funds to Ukraine in January, but this will require national budgetary guarantees which may take some time.
Russia's last remaining independent television channel station, Dozhd TV, commonly known in English as TV Rain, has been ordered to close by Latvia's media regulator less than five months after moving operations to Riga.
Latvia's media regulator, The National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), announced the ruling on Tuesday (6 December), ordering TV Rain to cease operations by Friday 8 December. It said the decision to order the station to close was taken "in connection with threats to national security and public order."