Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to begin dialogue with opposition

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to start a dialogue with his opponents, who swiftly poured cold water on the idea unless Lukashenko freed political prisoners first. Putin helped Lukashenko ride out mass street protests after a disputed election last year and has also backed Belarus in a standoff… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to begin dialogue with opposition

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

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

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

U.S. imposes sanctions on Belarus over human rights abuses

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on more than a dozen Belarusian individuals and entities, the U.S. Treasury Department said, joining Britain, Canada and the European Union in applying pressure for human rights abuses and the erosion of democracy. Belarus plunged into crisis last year when street protests erupted over what demonstrators said was… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Belarus over human rights abuses

Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appeared at a news conference in Minsk on Monday saying he felt fine and had not been beaten, in what the opposition said was another public appearance made under duress. Protasevich sat alongside four officials, two of whom were in uniform, saying he had not been made to cooperate with… Read More Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls for international tribunal to probe President Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on Wednesday for an international tribunal to be set up to investigate what she called the “crimes” of President Alexander Lukashenko’s “dictatorship”. Lukashenko has kept a tight grip on Belarus since rising to power in 1994, and has cracked down on street protests that began last year over a… Read More Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls for international tribunal to probe President Alexander Lukashenko