05 Nov 2021

Russia’s Putin backs ‘brotherly’ Belarus amid EU pressure

Russia has backed Belarus against foreign interference on Thursday as Vladimir Putin gave Alexander Lukashenko held a virtual meeting aimed at moving the two countries closer together. The two countries signed a new package of measures ranging from energy to defense. The agreements included taxation, banking, industry and agriculture. The

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25 Jun 2021

Belarus Transfers Opposition Figure to House Arrest

A Belarusian dissident, Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega were arrested after their airliner was forced to land in Minsk. They have been transferred to house arrest on Friday in response to sanctions implemented by the European Union.  78 people and critical sectors of the economy were sanctioned after the “hijacking”

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28 May 2021

With Belarus isolated by the West, Russia’s Putin meets with his ally Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia on Friday for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The meeting comes after Lukashenko has been isolated and punished by the West for intercepting a civilian jetliner flying over Belarus to arrest an opposition journalist on board. The meeting is symbolic as Lukashenko is

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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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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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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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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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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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