Category Archives: Belarus

Exiled Belarusian opposition candidate calls on 32 world leaders — but not Vladimir Putin — to support campaign against Lukashenko

9:49 am, August 3, 2020 – Source: Meduza Valery Tsepkalo (Valeryy Tsapkala), one of two leading Belarusian oppositionists who’s been denied candidacy in the country’s upcoming presidential election, has addressed a letter to 32 heads of state calling on them to support “free and fair presidential elections in Belarus.” The news agencies Dozhdand Interfax have published excerpts from Tsepkalo’s text.  “The authorities in Belarus

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Russia’s Wagner mercenaries detained in Minsk claim were transiting to Turkey “to see Hagia Sophia”

So far, the suspects have been delivering contradictory testimony. Several members of the Russian Private Miltary Company Wagner, whom Belarusian law enforcers earlier detained just outside Minsk amid a tense presidential election campaign have told detectives they had allegedly been transiting via Minsk to to Istanbul, where they planned to “check out Hagia Sophia”, that’s per the chair of Belarus

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Ukraine to request extradition of 28 Wagner PMC troops from Belarus

The men are believed to have fought against Ukraine government forces in the Donbas warzone. The Office of the Prosecutor General has notified Belarus about its intentions to demand extradition of participants in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, recently detained on Belarusian territory as part of the Russian PMC Wagner group. That’s according to the OPG press service. “The

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Kremlin Demands Release of Russians Held in Belarus

The Kremlin on Friday asked ex-Soviet ally Belarus to release 33 Russian men detained in Minsk over an alleged plot to organize riots ahead of next month’s presidential elections. Belarussian security services on Wednesday arrested the group of Russians, saying they were mercenaries on a mission to destabilise the country in the run-up to the Aug. 9 polls. Belarus’ KGB

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Kremlin Does Not Recognize Ukrainian Citizenship Of Russians Detained In Belarus

Warning! Article contains statements by Peskov. Moscow does not recognize the Ukrainian citizenship of some of the Russians detained in Belarus over their alleged attempts to destabilize the situation there, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 30th July, 2020) Moscow does not recognize the Ukrainian citizenship of some of the Russians detained in

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Belarus Detains 33 Russian Wagner Mercenaries Ahead of Presidential Election – Report

Belarussian law enforcement has detained 33 mercenaries from the private Russian military contractor Wagner Group less than two weeks before the country’s presidential election, the Belarus state-run Belta news agency reported Wednesday. The surprise announcement is the latest twist in an extraordinary election campaign that has seen strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko jail his key would-be rivals ahead of the vote.

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A NEW HOPE

Women Are Running a Revolution Against Lukashenka’s Regime  Belarus’ election authorities thought that they had got rid of the president’s strongest rivals when they barred the jailed ex-banker Viktar Babaryka and former IT park director Valery Tsapkala from the presidential race. But they made a mistake by letting Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the wife of another candidate, the jailed political vlogger Siarhei

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Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Kick Out Foreign Press Over Protest Coverage

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to kick out foreign journalists he accuses of stirring up protests against him ahead of next month’s election. Lukashenko, 65, faces what analysts call the toughest re-election campaign in his 26 years in power. Three of his main election rivals have been either jailed or barred from running, prompting the opposition to rally around

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Lukashenko stealing Putin’s show

While the Russian president is fighting the coronavirus infection, which he recently compared to hordes of barbarians, reflecting on ways to prevent his Federation from repeating the fate of Sparta, the world around him keeps moving forward. His partner in the “union state” of Russia and Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in his latest alpha move has shown the entire planet who’s

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West, Russia face off in Belarus over Baltic–Black Sea waterway project

Article by: Paul Goble Plans for a new Baltic–Black Sea waterway, passing through Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, have the potential to revolutionize the geopolitics of Europe’s East as well as exacerbate East-West tensions (see EDM, February 18). The European Union has labeled the project “E40,” and the United States has signaled its support. And were the E40 waterway to be incorporated within the broader regional framework

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Putin, Lukashenka Make Little Reported Progress At Sochi Talks On Energy, Integration

February 07, 2020 18:18 GMT UPDATED February 08, 2020 11:41 GMT Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, made little reported progress during talks on the thorny issues of energy prices and closer integration. The two met at Putin’s residence in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 7 amid increasing economic pressure by Moscow on Minsk.

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Russia’s attempts to bring separatist movements to international platforms threaten EU – think tank

21:50, 27 January 2020 The experts explain far-reaching, and troubling, intentions behind the efforts. Russia is trying to set a precedent of allowing access of representatives of unrecognized states to various international platforms. If the plan succeeds, separatist movements around the world, especially in Europe, will be given a free hand to lay claim to participation in any international platform,

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Belarus Touts U.S. as Possible Alternative to Russian Oil

Belarus is looking for alternatives to Russian oil and is in talks with the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about supplies, President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday, the Belta news agency reported. Belarus and Russia failed to agree on an oil supply contract for this year, prompting Russia to halt supplies to refineries in Belarus, though

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“Ukraine Provoked Russia into Conflict” – Belarus President Lukashenko

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that Kyiv itself gave Moscow “a handle for a conflict”. Lukashenko said this in an interview with Russian radio station, Echo of Moscow. “Ukraine has in a way laid itself open. They started oppressing Russians, their language and other things – the sort of issues that should not exist in Ukraine. Whatever it is, I am not trying

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Belarus president talks about greater threat to Russia than Ukraine NATO membership

MINSK, 24 December (BelTA) – I do not see Ukraine’s possible accession to NATO as a potential threat to Belarus, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview to editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station Aleksei Venediktov on 24 December, BelTA learned. “I do not see it that way. I have already told Putin about this and I will

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Russian Su-30 fighter jets criticized by Belarus, they want F-16

Russia has started implementing a contract on the delivery of a batch of its newest Su-30SM multirole fighter jets to Belarus, but some analysts raised concerns about costs over the entire life cycle of the aircraft, from fabrication to maintenance. The publication Lenta.ru reported Friday that a wide range of renowned experts has expressed their concerns regarding Belarus selected Russian-made

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Lukashenka, Putin agree on single parliament, govt – top diplomat about integration

Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin approved the plans to establish a common government and parliament, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Uladzimir Syamashka said in an interview with TUT.BY. “The presidents admitted that the objectives set [in the 1999 Union Treaty] are ambitious and they should not need to be changed. These are the following: a shift to unified tax legislation, the

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Lukashenka threatens Lithuania with asymmetrical response to American ‘armored fist’

On October 27, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislau Zas, Defense Minister of Belarus Andrei Raukou and Chief of General Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces Pavel Tsikhanau. The main topic of the conversation was the “armored fist,” located in Lithuania, 15 km from the Belarusian border, BelTA informs. “One shouldn’t

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‘Betrayal’. Belarus detains, frees Russian citizen suspected of meddling in US elections

Russian national Anna Bogacheva, who was detained in Belarus on the US request, is now at liberty, the Russian Embassy in Minsk reports. Российская гражданка Анна Богачева, о «ситуации» с задержанием которой правоохранительными органами Беларуси проинформировал ряд СМИ, в разговоре с сотрудником консульской службы Посольства России в Республике Беларусь сообщила, что находится на свободе. — Посольство России в РБ (@RusEmbassyMinsk)

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Two Soviet-Born Men Linked To Giuliani Arrested In New York For Campaign Finance Violations

Two businessmen from the former Soviet Union have been arrested for allegedly breaking U.S. campaign finance laws. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office said on October 10 that Ukrainian-born Lev Parnas and Belarusian-born Igor Fruman, who are associated with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were apprehended in New York. According to a federal court filing in New York, the

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Infamous Russian MP urges Lukashenka to make ‘historic step’ towards unified state

Notorious Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has called for uniting Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. “Alyaksandr Lukashenka can make a historic step. It is high time to reunite Russia and Belarus as one unified state. What for should one start only with customs or tariffs. Belarus will flourish when we become one state again,” the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of

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Belarusian President Lukashenko: conflict in Eastern Ukraine cannot be resolved without the USA

During a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said, that the United States could contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports BelTA news agency. “Speaking about the problems of Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, in particular, Ukraine, I am convinced that it would be impossible to

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Ukrainian Prime Minister proposes to connect Baltic and Black seas

Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, during his speech at the Yalta European Strategy conference (YES), proposed to connect the Baltic and Black seas. According to Honcharuk, Ukraine has already started discussions on several ambitious infrastructure projects. “We need to try to build and connect the Baltic and Black seas by water. It is possible, ” he said. Honcharuk added that

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