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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10 Sep 2020

Top Belarus activist says authorities threatened to kill her

Prominent Belarusian opposition activist Mara Kolesnikova has released information claiming that the government of Belarus threatened to kill ket amid demonstrations against Lukashenko, the country’s newly re-elected authoritarian leader. Kolesnikova resisted forcible expulsion from the country by ripping up her passport. In a formal complaint released by Kolesnikova’s lawyer,  she

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08 Sep 2020

Belarus Opposition Leader Has Been Abducted, Colleagues Say

According to Belarus’s opposition party, a prominent leader named Maria Kalesnikava has been abducted. This has caused fears that government authorities are going to drastic measures to ensure the ongoing protests cease. The protests have lasted just shy of a month, and are aiming to demand re-election. Lukashenko was named

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07 Sep 2020

100,000 march in Minsk to demand Belarus leader resigns

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Belarusians gathered in the capital city of Minsk to protest the results of a recent election that kept President Alexander Lukashenko in power. The protests have been ongoing for roughly five weeks, as demonstrators call for the authoritarian leader to resign. Belarus’s opposition party

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02 Sep 2020

Belarusian Journalists Face Charges for Covering Protests

On Wednesday, dozens of journalists gathered outside a police station in Belarus to protest the detention of fellow journalists covering protests outside government buildings. The protests have been occurring for several days now, sparked by the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. Many members of Belarus’s opposition party claim that the election

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31 Aug 2020

Strike leader detained in Belarus as crackdown continues

On Monday, authorities in Belarus arrested a top opposition party leader who organized a strike at a major industrial plant. Many Belarusians claim that this was an attempt to stifle weeks of protests against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled over the country for 26 years. Opposition members

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20 Aug 2020

Belarus opens criminal case against opposition leaders

Amid weeks of protests, the Belarus chief prosecutor has allegedly opened a criminal case against opposition leaders, some of which have already fled the country. The case accuses them of trying to seize power or stage a coup. Lukashenko, Belarus’s current ruler, has also ordered the police to use all

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19 Aug 2020

Belarus unrest, Opposition appeals to EU as summit begins

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the exiled opposition leader in Belarus, spoke from Lithuania yesterday appealing to her followers and urging them to recognize current ruler Alexander Lukashenko’s illegitimacy due to skewed elections that occurred just a few weeks ago. The opposition party has begun appealing to the EU ahead of its scheduled

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18 Aug 2020

Belarus leader says there won’t be new elections ‘until you kill me’ as protesters rally against strongman

After a tumultuous week of criticism, protests, and a highly contested election, Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko has now stated that there will not be new elections “until you kill me.” In a video shared by local news outlets, Lukashenko made the comment while visiting a factory in Minsk on Monday

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17 Aug 2020

Tens of thousands gather in Minsk to protest, as Lukashenko holds rival demonstration

In Belarus, thousands of protestors gathered to protest Lukashenko’s re-election, which many claim was skewed in favor of the incumbent, who has ruled over the country for 26 years. The protestors marched through Minsk on Sunday, demanding a new and fair presidential election. Lukashenko’s victory in the election last Sunday

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