Posts Tagged ‘Belarus’

Poland sends more troops to Belarus border after migrant deaths

Poland is sending 500 additional troops to the border with Belarus in order to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressure that Warsaw says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilise the European Union. “We are dealing with a well-organised action directed from Minsk and Moscow,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference. “We […]

‘The regime is bleeding brains’: Meet the hackers trying to bring down Belarus’ disputed president

The crackdown on dissent in Belarus has been ruthless, methodical and, at times, relentless. Most of Europe had been largely oblivious until the diversion of a Ryanair flight to Minsk and the arrest of a dissident journalist caught people’s imagination in May. But while the authorities may have tried to crush public opposition to long-time […]

Belarus leader Lukashenko meets Russian counterpart Putin in Moscow

Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko is meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow today to discuss integrating the two countries and upcoming joint military exercises. The get-together follows Putin and Lukashenko’s August 30 phone call, discussing the possibility of Belarus further expanding its Russian-made air defence technology. The Union State of Russia and Belarus programme […]

Belarus Court Gives Opposition Activists Years In Prison In Closed-Door Trials

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced two leading opposition activists to lengthy prison terms, the latest move in the relentless crackdown that Belarusian authorities have unleashed on dissent in the wake of last year’s anti-government protests. Maria Kolesnikova, a top member of the opposition Coordination Council, has been in custody […]

EU ‘stands in solidarity’ with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland over Belarus

A top European Union official condemned Belarus and expressed support for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Friday as a state of emergency took effect in areas of eastern Poland following a surge in illegal migration. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell, speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Slovenia, said that the EU’s […]

No Lockdown Belarus Reports COVID Mortality Rates Similar to Neighboring Countries That Imposed Draconian Lockdowns

The Premier of Victoria has asserted that authorities “won’t hesitate” to go “door-to-door” to carry out mandatory COVID tests on Australians. Daniel Andrews made the comments during a press conference as Australia continues to pursue a ludicrous ‘zero COVID’ policy that mandates draconian lockdowns in response to just a handful of new cases. “We’re not […]

Latvia Starts Pushing Back Migrants at Tense Belarus Border

ROBEZNIEKI, Latvia—Latvian border guards turned back dozens of illegal migrants into Belarus overnight under a new state of emergency designed to stem a flow of arrivals the European Union says is orchestrated by Minsk. At daybreak on Wednesday some 30 migrants—including women and toddlers—started a camp fire to warm up after a night of walking […]

Is Belarus using migrants as part of a ‘hybrid war’ against the EU?

Belarus’ European Union neighbours are taking action as they deal with a sharp rise in the number of migrants crossing over the border from Belarus illegally. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, all EU member states, also share a land border with Belarus, which has been accused of facilitating the flow of migrants. The EU has accused […]

Belarus sees a year of fierce repression after disputed vote

Belarusian authorities long ago removed the makeshift memorial to a protester shot by police at the start of last year’s massive protests against the country’s autocratic president, replacing flowers and placards with a garbage can. Alexander Taraikovsky died as protests swelled, a day after President Alexander Lukashenko s reelection to a sixth term in the […]

2 Belarus Coaches Removed From Tokyo Olympics Over Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Two Belarus team coaches have been removed from the Olympics, four days after they were involved in trying to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to their country. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has canceled and removed the credentials of Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich. “The two coaches were requested to […]

Belarus Olympian Showed Japanese Police Translated Plea For Help On Phone

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who criticized her coaches at the Tokyo Games said Thursday that she showed police a translated plea for help on her phone as she tried to avoid being put on a plane home, where she feared reprisals from an authoritarian government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya described a dramatic series […]

Poland Grants Humanitarian Visa To Belarus Olympian Who Felt Too Threatened To Return Home

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who plans to seek refuge in Europe after accusing team officials of trying to force her to leave the Tokyo Games early, said Tuesday that officials from her country “made it clear” she would face punishment if she returned home. Tsimanouskaya, who had criticized the management of […]

Belarus Runner Alleges Olympic Team Forcibly Tried To Send Her Home

TOKYO (AP) — A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport. An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian embassy […]

Belarus sprinter claims officials tried to forcibly remove her from Tokyo

A Belarussian sprinter has appealed to the International Olympic Committee for help after claiming that officials from her country attempted to have her deported from Japan. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women’s 200 metres on Monday, said that her team officials had put her under pressure to return to Belarus. When […]

Lithuanian border town protests over number of migrants from Belarus

The small town of Dieveniskes in a pocket of Lithuania surrounded by Belarus has risen up in protest against the government’s plan to house some 500 detained migrants in a disused building 24 metres from a local school. Dozens of its residents have tried to prevent the construction workers from turning it into a temporary […]

Belarus Police Raid Homes and Offices of Journalists, Rights Activists

KYIV—Belarusian police searched the offices and homes of journalists and human rights activists for the third successive day on Friday, extending what rights activists say is a new crackdown on opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko. The Poland-based Nexta Live channel said the office of U.S. broadcaster Radio Liberty in the capital Minsk was among those […]

Belarus expands crackdown on independent media

Belarusian authorities on Friday widened their crackdown on independent media, raiding media offices and journalists’ homes across the ex-Soviet nation. The Belarusian Association of Journalists said the authorities searched apartments and offices of at least 21 journalists in the capital of Minsk and cities of Brest, Gomel, Grodno and Pinsk. “The authorities are using an […]

Activists detained amid raids at human rights NGOs in Belarus

Security services in Belarus have reportedly raided the offices of leading human rights organisations and detained several activists. The NGO Viasna said both its headquarters in Minsk, and the homes of several of its members across the country, had been raided on Wednesday. “Ales Bialiatski, the chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Centre cannot be […]

Lithuania begins building Belarus border fence to deter migrant arrivals

Lithuania has begun building a fence along its border with Belarus to deter third-country migrants from entering the country. Vilnius has declared a state of emergency to address the sharp rise in migration, which it says Belarusian authorities are encouraging. Lithuania — which has backed and granted refuge to Belarus opposition figures — has accused […]

Nasha Niva: Belarus blocks leading opposition online news website and detains journalists

Belarusian authorities have blocked access to a leading online opposition media and detained several journalists. The website of Nasha Niva, a Belarusian-language media, was inaccessible on Thursday across Europe. The country’s information ministry confirmed that it had “decided to restrict access” to the website after the Prosecutor General’s office had accused it of posting unspecified […]

Belarus Government Blocks Media Outlet, Detains Reporters

KYIV, Ukraine—Belarusian authorities blocked the website of a leading online media outlet, detained several of its journalists, and conducted searches involving three other media organizations Thursday, the latest moves in a sweeping clampdown on dissent and independent media in the ex-Soviet nation. Belarus’s Information Ministry said it has blocked Nasha Niva’s website after the prosecutor […]

US Bans Air Travel to Belarus Over Arrest of Opposition Journalist

The United States formally banned air travel to Belarus on July 6 in response to the diversion of a flight a subsequent arrest by the regime in Minsk of an opposition journalist. The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final order (pdf) on Tuesday prohibiting U.S. and foreign air carriers from selling tickets to Belarus […]

Belarus Seals Off Border With Ukraine as President Warns of Repeat of 1941

The government of Belarus announced today that it is completely closing its border with Ukraine, which for months have been targeting Belarus with accusations of plotting military aggression against it. Ukraine has a population of almost 45 million and a military trained and armed by the US. and NATO. Belarus has a population of 9 […]

U.S., UK Information Warfare Behind Regime Change Drive In Belarus

by Kit Klarenberg This piece was first published by Covert Action Magazine. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Protesters in Minsk – bigger The at-times fiery protests that raged across Belarus throughout 2020 had largely fizzled out by the time local activist and seeming neo-Nazi Roman Protasevich was dramatically arrested in May this year. Now, the country has been […]

Abducted Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich makes state TV ‘confession’

Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich, who was arrested last month after his plane was forced to land in Minsk, has confessed to plotting anti-government protests in a tearful TV interview that his family say was conducted under duress. In his third public appearance 10 days after he was arrested, Mr Protasevich recanted his previous criticism of […]

Meet the journalist who fled Belarus hours before Ryanair diversion

In the hours before Roman Protasevich boarded his fateful flight to Lithuania, authorities in Belarus were on the trail of another critical journalist. Arina Malinovskaya, a young reporter working for the Polish satellite channel Belsat, had interviewed two former Belarusian police officers. While not especially revelatory, their account of how authorities told them to go […]

NATO to meet after Belarus officials restricted from headquarters

NATO foreign and defence ministers meet by videolink on Tuesday, the day after the Western military alliance moved to restrict access to its headquarters for a group of Belarus officials. The decision follows Minsk’s intervention last month forcing a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk in order to arrest a dissident […]

US Airlines Should Be Extremely Cautious While Passing Belarus: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that U.S.-based airline companies should exercise “extreme caution” when flying over Belarus. The transportation agency and governmental body of the United States released a statement after authorities from the Eastern European country forced diversion of a Ryanair flight and arrested a dissident journalist last week. “The FAA’s Notice to Airmen […]

Cable car tragedy in Italy, Belarus activist arrest, this year’s biggest supermoon| In pictures

This week, police in northern Italy arrested three people over the cable car disaster that killed 14 people. Some EU leaders accused Minsk of hijacking a European flight to arrest Belarus opposition activist and journalist Roman Protasevich. The full moon on Wednesday was this year’s biggest “supermoon” and featured the first total lunar eclipse in […]

Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko meets Vladimir Putin amid EU showdown

Belarus’ authoritarian leader heads to Russia Friday to seek assistance amid a bruising showdown with the European Union over the diversion of a flight to arrest a dissident journalist. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at his Black Sea residence in Sochi for talks on closer economic ties, according […]

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