On today’s podcast: How authoritarian leaders are cracking down on the coronavirus—and civil liberties.
On Monday, the Hungarian parliament voted to give Prime Minister Viktor Orban special powers to rule by decree, effectively giving him the right to single-handedly run the country indefinitely. But Orban is not the only leader to use the pandemic to shore up his power.
On today’s podcast, Don’t Touch Your Face host Amy Mackinnon looks at how some leaders in Eastern Europe and Eurasia are turning to the well-worn pages of the autocrat handbook in their fight against the coronavirus. Mackinnon is joined by Daniel Balson, the advocacy director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International USA.
If you’re interested in learning more about Orban’s new expanded powers or what other leaders in the region are up to in the midst of the pandemic, here’s what we’re reading:
“Authoritarianism in the Time of the Coronavirus,” Foreign Policy
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