16 Nov 2020

At least 1,000 people detained in Belarus in a single day following protester’s death

According to Belarus human rights watchdog Viasna, over 1,000 protestors were detained across the country amid backlash over the death of Roman Bondarenko, a painter, veteran, and anti-government protestor. The demonstrations were sparked when Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in the August presidential elections, which protestors claim were rigged in his

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13 Oct 2020

EU to Sanction Russia Over Poisoning and Belarus Leader Over Crackdown

On Monday, the European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials after the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent known as Novichok. The sanctions will target entities that were allegedly involved in the poisoning, however, officials stated that the move will likely not undercut Europe’s

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12 Oct 2020

Scores detained during protests in Belarus

In Belarus, hundreds were arrested amid protests against the country’s now-notorious authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko. For the 10th consecutive Sunday, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in the capital city of Minsk, demanding that the presidential elections be re-held due to rumors of the vote being rigged in favor of

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02 Oct 2020

EU Leaders Agree to Adopt Sanctions on Belarus Officials

Early this morning, the European Union reached a deal to advance sanctions on Belarus Officials, excluding current President Alexander Lukashenko. The sanctions will target roughly 40 people allegedly responsible for violently repressing peaceful protests and conducting election fraud, according to the EU. President Lukashenko remains the possible target of a

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02 Oct 2020

New APT Group XDSpy Targets Belarus and Russian-Speakers

A new APT group targeting Belarus and other Eastern European governments and businesses has been uncovered and dubbed “XDSpy.” The advanced persistent threat group has reportedly been conducting malicious activity against Eastern European entities for over nine years. The group does not share any similarities of regional targets, network infrastructure,

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30 Sep 2020

U.K., Canada Impose Sanctions on Belarusian President Lukashenko

Canada and the UK have imposed sanctions on authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko and the senior figures of his administration following concerning behavior over election integrity in Belarus. Widespread protests have occurred from Belarus’s opposition party following the release of the election results, which many claims were rigged in Lukashenko’s favor

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23 Sep 2020

President of Belarus inaugurated despite election protests

On Wednesday, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko assumed office to serve his sixth term in the position despite controversy and protests over the elections, which many claimed were skewed in his favor. The inauguration ceremony’s date was kept a secret due to the weeks of mass protests leading up to the

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22 Sep 2020

EU Hardens Stance Toward Belarus Leader Amid Talks on Sanctions

Among members of the EU, opposition to Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko is growing as the organization looks to toughen its response to the country’s current political crisis that ensued after the recent presidential elections in which Lukashenko, the incumbent, won. The EU is allegedly considering imposing a travel ban and

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17 Sep 2020

Maria Kolesnikova charged under Belarus security law

Prominent Belarus opposition figure and protest organizer Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with incitement to undermine national security for her role in the demonstrations against Belarus’s recent elections, which kept Alexander Lukashenko in power. Three women, Kolesnikova included, have been leading a mass opposition movement. However, Kolesnikova is the only

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17 Sep 2020

More than 1,000 Jewish pilgrims blocked from entering Ukraine over coronavirus fears

At the Belarus-Ukraine border, more than 1,000 Orthodox Jews await acceptance into the countries for a religious pilgrimage that has been blocked due to COVID-19 concerns. Ukrainian government footage revealed hundreds of men and boys setting up tents along a highway in Belarus, trying to enter into Ukraine. Ukraine’s borders

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