Vatican envoy meets Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over exiling of Minsk archbishop

A special envoy from Pope Francis met on Thursday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Vatican said, following tensions between the government and the Church over the exiling of the archbishop of Minsk. The Vatican said in a statement Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain and former envoy to Belarus, had met Lukashenko… Read More Vatican envoy meets Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over exiling of Minsk archbishop

Belarusian police arrest dozens in anti-government protests

Belarusian police detained hundreds of people who took to the streets in mass demonstrations on Sunday chanting “I’m going out”, the last known written words of an anti-governmemt protester who died last week. A witness in the capital Minsk said police had used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowds demonstrating… Read More Belarusian police arrest dozens in anti-government protests

Belarusian police fire stun grenades at protesters as opposition threaten national strike

Belarusian police used stun grenades against protesters on Sunday as tens of thousands of people headed towards Independence Palace in the capital Minsk demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko resign. Protesters carrying the red-and-white flags of the Belarusian opposition movement scattered as loud bangs and flashes lit up the city’s streets after nightfall, videos showed. The… Read More Belarusian police fire stun grenades at protesters as opposition threaten national strike

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term amid protests

Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged. The ceremony would normally have been publicised as a major state occasion but was instead held without… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term amid protests

Belarusian police detain hundreds of protesters in Minsk

Belarusian police detained hundreds of protesters in central Minsk on Saturday, a witness said, as around 2,000 people marched through the city demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko step down. Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, has been rocked by mass street protests since Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in an August 9… Read More Belarusian police detain hundreds of protesters in Minsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation. A day after more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Minsk with chants… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich denounces Belarus government following detention of opposition activist Maxim Znak

Nobel prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich accused the Belarus authorities of terrorising their own people on Wednesday as another opposition politician was detained by masked men in plain clothes. Maxim Znak was the latest figure to be seized in a systematic campaign by the government of President Alexander Lukashenko to round up the leaders of a… Read More Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich denounces Belarus government following detention of opposition activist Maxim Znak

Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova detained following foiled deportation attempt

Prominent opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was detained by Belarusian authorities on Tuesday, a border official said, after thwarting what a Ukrainian government minister described as an attempt to expel her from Belarus. The Interfax Ukraine news agency said the activist had deliberately ripped up her passport so that Ukrainian border officials would not be able… Read More Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova detained following foiled deportation attempt