Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko calls for constitutional changes to prevent opposition from taking power

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis following… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko calls for constitutional changes to prevent opposition from taking power

Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

The leaders of Russia and Belarus on Thursday agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face of what they regard as unjustified Western sanctions on both their economies. The agreement, reached after Kremlin talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, is… Read More Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

Belarusian court sentences opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to eleven years imprisonment

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, the state-run Belta news agency and the Belarusian opposition reported. Kolesnikova, 39, was detained after ripping up her passport to prevent Belarusian security forces from deporting her in a… Read More Belarusian court sentences opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to eleven years imprisonment

Belarusian police detain chief editor of independent news agency following raid

The chief editor of one of Belarus’ leading independent news organisations was detained after police searched her home overnight, Belarusian officials said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, the country’s journalists’ association had said police raided the homes of workers at the online news agency BelaPAN and that it had been unable to contact editor Irina… Read More Belarusian police detain chief editor of independent news agency following raid

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday and expressed support for democracy and human rights in the former Soviet republic. “I was honored to meet with @Tsihanouskaya at the White House this morning. The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s government to help Belarus weather western sanctions imposed during Minsk’s crackdown on political opponents, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia, a close ally, to hold talks with Putin on Tuesday. The European Union and United States have imposed punitive measures on Belarus in… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

Belarusian court sentences former presidential candidate to fourteen years imprisonment on corruption charges

A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced former Belarusian presidential contender Viktor Babariko to 14 years in prison on corruption charges, local media and Russian news agencies reported. Babariko’s team said before the ruling that the charges against their client had been fabricated to thwart his political ambitions. Babariko, the former head of Belgazprombank, was… Read More Belarusian court sentences former presidential candidate to fourteen years imprisonment on corruption charges

EU imposes wide-range economic sanctions on Belarus over Ryanair incident

The European Union imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions on Belarus for the first time on Thursday, targeting its main export industries and access to finance a month after it forced a Ryanair flight to land in Minsk. The measures include banning EU businesses from importing goods or doing business with Belarusian companies in sectors including banking,… Read More EU imposes wide-range economic sanctions on Belarus over Ryanair incident