Category Archives: Belarus

Tsikhanouskaya Calls For National Strike To Go Ahead In Belarus After Crackdown On Protesters

Anti-Lukashenka protest march in Minsk on October 25.

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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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Gazprom considers Belarusian protests as threat to gas transit to Europe

The current political crisis in Belarus and uncertainty toward the further development of the situation also increases the risks of the political instability and complications in the relations between Russia and Belarus Russian multinational energy corporation Gazprom is concerned that the protests in Belarus put at risk the gas transit to Europe as RBK reported. “The political unrest in Belarus

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Russia Adds Belarus Opposition Leader Tikhanovskaya to Wanted List

Russia has added Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to its interstate wanted list on a criminal charge, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.  Tikhanovskaya claimed victory against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus’ Aug. 9 presidential election but fled to neighboring Lithuania soon after, citing pressure from the authorities.  The Russian police database entry says Tikhanovskaya “is wanted

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Tsikhanouskaya meets with Merkel, Alliance 90/The Greens, CDU/CSU lawmakers

After the meeting with Merkel, Tsikhanouskaya said that Germany, France and Russia might act as the mediators in talks between the Belarusian opposition and Alexander Lukashenko Leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the MPs from the parliamentary factions Alliance 90/The Greens and CDU/CSU, as Deutsche Welle reported. Tsikhanouskaya stated during the talk

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Belarus state media begins calling Lithuania ‘former socialist republic’

Belarusian state-owned Capital TV (CTV) began calling Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine the “former socialist republics” after the three countries no longer referred to Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. “Lukashenko’s propaganda takes revenge on Belarus’ neighbours for not recognising Lukashenko as president,” Franak Viačiorka, a Belarusian journalist and a researcher at Atlantic Council think tank, posted on Facebook. “Now

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Belarus Police Use Water Cannon in Minsk, Detain Protesters

Belarusian police on Sunday used water cannon to disperse a rally in Minsk as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the latest weekend protest against strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election. Demonstrators dedicated their march — which came after Brussels and Washington introduced sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials — to the plight of political prisoners. But after it

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Belarus cancels all accreditation for foreign journalists

Belarus has responded to new EU sanctions by canceling the accreditation of all foreign journalists. This was stated by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. “In connection with the adoption of the new regulation, the validity of previously issued accreditation cards is officially terminated on October 2,” the Foreign Ministry informs. “In the present situation, we must exercise our sovereign right to

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Russia imposes sanctions against EU in revenge for Belarus

Moscow considers the EU sanctions to be unilateral and illegitimate, and regards it as pressure on the Belarusian authorities ussia decided to impose the same sanctions against the EU countries as Belarus. This is stated in the commentary by Maria Zakharova, published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We would also like to draw attention to the fact

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Belarus threatens to break off diplomatic relations with EU

The country has also put into effect a relevant sanctions list The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus doubts the expediency of maintaining diplomatic relations with the European Union if sanctions against the Belarusian authorities are maintained. The relevant statement was posted by the ministry’s press service. “Further promotion of the EU’s ‘sanctions flywheel’ could lead to even more serious

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Belarus announces retaliatory sanctions against the EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to impose sanctions against the European Union in response to the imposition of restrictive measures by Brussels. The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus says that the official Minsk opposes the confrontation, but will decisively respond to “unfriendly actions.” “ In connection with the visa sanctions adopted by the EU against a number of Belarusian officials, the Belarusian side

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Macron explains why Lukashenka is not on the EU sanctions list

French President Emmanuel Macron said that Alexander Lukashenko is not on the EU sanctions list, as this would mean refusing to dialogue with Belarus. He said this at a briefing following the first day of the EU summit. According to Macron, the EU plans to start a dialogue with Belarus through the OSCE. In addition, he called on Lukashenka on behalf of the EU

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EU leaders agree on sanctions against Belarus: They will come into force next week

The decision on sanctions measures against 40 Belarusian officials became possible due to the fact that they managed to convince Cyprus, which demanded first of all to punish Turkey After weeks of discussions, EU leaders agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus over controversial election results and the crackdown on protests in that country. Deutsche welle reports about it following the

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