The Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections 

Profile:  The Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections 

1- Name of NGO:

 The Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections 

2- Brief & Mission:

The Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) is an organization that appears to have taken inspiration from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). EODE’s stated purpose is to monitor elections in various regions. However, it has been alleged that instead of ensuring transparency and fairness, EODE aims to inaccurately validate elections and referendums in post-Soviet countries that have pro-Russian separatist movements, including Crimea, Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The EODE, as per its website, claims that its vision aligns with the current Russian leadership and V.V. Putin. The organization expresses concerns about the activities of Western NGOs and specifically criticizes the methods employed by these NGOs in election monitoring. According to the EODE website, it is an NGO registered under French law, established in 2006 in Brussels and Chisinau (Kishinev), focusing on election monitoring, auditing state and political systems, as well as conducting research and analysis..  

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE)  has strong links to the European far right and invites members of extreme-right parties to monitor electoral procedures, it raises concerns about the organization’s impartiality and adherence to democratic principles. 

5- Sources of Funding:

Allegations that the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) receives funds from a Russian businessman suggest a potential financial connection between the organization and external sources.

6- Activities:

The NGO’s website serves as a platform for showcasing the documentary films of Vladimir Solovyov, a journalist known for promoting anti-Western and anti-liberal narratives. Additionally, the EODE has received promotion from Sputnik, a media outlet with ties to the Russian government. The organization expresses concerns about the activities of Western NGOs and specifically criticizes their approach to election monitoring. It also raises objections to monitoring missions conducted by Western international organizations such as the US Congress, European Union, and OSCE, accusing them of destabilizing non-aligned countries and supporting “color revolutions” across regions like Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

7- NGO Leadership:

The organization is allegedly funded and led by Luc Michel, a Belgian individual associated with neo-Nazi ideologies. Luc Michel is purportedly a follower of Jean-Pierre Vandermissel, a prominent neo-Nazi politician in Belgium. 

8- Controversy:

According to Shekhovtsov, the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) is described as just a small part of the extensive collaboration between the Kremlin and the extreme right. The organization has stated that it maintains offices in Brussels, Paris, Moscow, Sochi, and Chisinau. However, it does not provide specific addresses for these offices on its website or other public materials.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:http://www.eode.org/
  • Address:Brussels
  • Email:  eode.brussels@yahoo.com

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The think tank has been labeled as blacklisted because of its associations with the Pro-Russian stance. 

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