Category Archives: Belarus

Belarus presents the West with an opportunity to be on the right side of history

Brian Whitmore The International Ice Hockey Federation’s decision to move this year’s world championship from Belarus despite a personal appeal from Alyaksandr Lukashenka not to do so is just the latest sign of the Belarusian strongman’s isolation. Examples of Lukashenka’s ostracization have been mounting since August 2020, when he launched a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators protesting an election that

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In an interview with the propaganda Russian media, Lukashenko said that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine and “does not hold evil” against Zelensky

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the propaganda TV channel Russia-1 that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine, despite the fact that the country did not recognize the results of the presidential elections, TASS reports . Lukashenko believes that the initiative to restore relations should be shown by the Ukrainian side, and if he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he

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Russia approves $1 billion loan for Belarus

The Russian government has approved a draft agreement to provide Belarus with a $1 billion loan in 2020-2021. “To approve the draft agreement between the Russian government and the government of The Republic of Belarus, agreed with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the state development corporation VEB.RF, on granting a state financial loan,” reads the

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Russian National Guard to Partner With Belarus Police Amid Protests

The Russian National Guard has signed a cooperation agreement with Belarus’ police force to combat “terrorism and extremism,” Interfax reported Friday.  The agreement comes amid months of opposition protests in Belarus against the country’s disputed presidential election. Belarus’ Moscow-backed President Alexander Lukashenko has accused the opposition of being backed by the West and has jailed several opposition figures on charges

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U.S. Senate approves country’s first ambassador to Belarus in 12 years

The decision was approved on December 15 On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. Senate approved the candidacy of the country’s new ambassador to Belarus: Julie D. Fisher will be appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus. Official results of the voting are published on the official website of the Congress.

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Belarus expands sanctions against EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to include representatives of the leadership of the European Union and a number of European countries in the sanctions lists and to suspend the dialogue with the EU on human rights, said the Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in an interview with Belarus-1 TV channel. “If we are affected, if any sanctions are imposed against us,

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Lukashenko ‘finds’ U.S. Intelligence centers in Warsaw and Kyiv

Alexander Lukashenko said the U.S. Intelligence has deployed its control center near Warsaw and Kyiv. The canters were allegedly discovered by the Russian and Belarusian intelligence services, reported BelTA agency. “The U.S. – they created a center near Warsaw, and now they have created a center in Kyiv. Well, I would say, but us and the Russians, our intelligence agencies 

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British Diplomats Harassed by Belarusian State-Controlled TV

A sensationalist report with shaky footage of a camera crew pursuing two individuals – this is how the Belarusian state-controlled ONT television chose to “inform” their audiences that Belarusian authorities were expelling two British diplomats. “These people were gathering information about the internal affairs of Belarus and the development of the protests. […] They met repeatedly with representatives of the

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Lukashenko warns Ukraine of sanctions, criticizes Zelensky for playing along with West

Ukraine’s move to impose economic restrictions on Belarus Lukashenko branded “shameful copycatting the European Union and the U.S.” Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has threatened Ukraine with sanctions in response to measures recently taken by the Ukrainian side. Lukashenko has suggested in his interview with the national and foreign media that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky imposed sanctions against Belarus under

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Lukashenko calls U.S. elections disgrace and mockery of democracy

President of Belarus believes that it is necessary to demand the holding of re-elections in USA President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko commented on the US presidential elections and called them a disgrace, as well as a mockery of democracy. He stated this at a meeting with journalists during his visit to the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA informs. “The bulwark

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Moscow Mechanism OSCE rapporteur confirms election fraud, massive human rights violations in Belarus

On November 5, the OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur Wolfgang Benedek, a professor of international law at the University of Graz, presented his 58-page report to the OSCE Permanent Council concerning alleged human rights violations related to the 9 August presidential elections in Belarus. According to the author, the presidential election did fall short of fulfilling the basic international requirements for

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Belarus Rights Abuses Under Fire at UN

Belarus faced harsh criticism at the UN on Monday, with diplomats slamming arbitrary detentions and torture allegations in the response to months of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. During a review of Belarus’s rights record at the United Nations in Geneva, many diplomats urged Belarus authorities to halt the crackdown on demonstrators, who since August have been protesting Lukashenko’s disputed re-election.

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Pompeo reassures Lukashenko of absent NATO threat – media

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in a telephone conversation with the United States’ State Secretary Mike Pompeo that as members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Minsk and Moscow are obliged to respond to foreign aggression; Pompeo said there was no such threat from NATO countries. According to the presidential press pool’s Telegram-channel, Lukashenko said that Russia was Belarus’

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Limited sanctions are doing more harm than good.

Katia Glod On October 2, the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials identified as responsible for “repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process.” The restrictive measures include a visa ban and an asset freeze. The

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“Unfeminine Behaviour on Women’s March”

Belarusian Police Spokesperson Suggests Women Focus on Families The Belarusian police force has earned a reputation for brutality, as peaceful demonstrators are attacked with violent force. Police spokesperson, Colonel Volha Chamadanava, attacks the women for “unfeminine behaviour”. Representatives of the weaker sex displayed unfeminine behaviour at the Women’s March on Saturday. Loud shouting, theatrical drumming on police vehicles. The women

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German airport workers refuse to service Lukashenko’s plane

Lufthansa Technik employees refused to service the plane of the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, reports the Belarusian news outlet Nasha Niva. It is noted that a Boeing 737 with registration number EW-001PA landed at Hamburg airport. After that, the local trade union issued a statement saying that the airliner belonged to “the same Lukashenko that gave the order

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Ukraine to consider sanctions against Lukashenko after they are finalized by EU

Ukraine will join the first round of EU sanctions against the Belarusian authorities, but the decision on personal sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko has not been taken yet, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a press conference. “Our position on the crisis in Belarus is consistent and clear. We have supported the relevant EU statements. With regard to the sanctions

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Open letters

Edward Lucas We need politics, not more open letters. Another day, another open letter. This was a good one – highlighting the danger that the Chinese Communist Party poses to academic freedom in Western universities – and I was glad to sign it. But I doubt my signature, or hundreds like it, will deter the bullies in Beijing. I feel

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10th protest Sunday in row: Thousands of participants in Minsk (photos)

At a rough estimate, about 100,000 people might have taken part in Sunday’s March of Honour in Minsk. To prevent the columns of protesters from getting united, siloviki resorted to excessive force: they were grabbing and battering even passers-by, not only participants in the rally. They started detaining people shortly before the start of the march; water cannons, tear gas

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Water cannons and tear gas: Police in Belarus begin mass arrests of protesters

A video of the brutal beating of people in Minsk appeared on the web During the March of Pride in Belarus, security officials began mass arrests of protesters using force, water cannons and tear gas, Tut.by reports. Pushkinskaya metro station in Minsk was closed at the entrance and exit. Also people there were dispersed using water cannons. However, in Minsk

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