Posts Tagged ‘Belarus’

Belarus sentences drummer to six years in prison over opposition rallies

Belarus has sentenced a drummer to six years in prison for playing during opposition demonstrations, human rights activists have said. Alexei Santchuk was arrested in Minsk last November along with other members of his band, who often performed at anti-government marches. They were initially sentenced to 15 days in prison for participating in “unauthorised demonstrations” […]

Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko hits back at Germany complaint

Belarus’ authoritarian leader on Friday bristled at a criminal complaint filed against him in Germany over his violent crackdown on protests that broke out after his disputed re-election in August. President Alexander Lukashenko charged that “heirs of fascism” were in no position to judge him. His remarks came two days before Belarus and other ex-Soviet […]

Tsikhanouskaya wants focus on fight for democracy in Belarus

On a timely visit to Slovenia, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called for sustained international focus on the struggle for democracy in her home country. Slovenia is due to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in July. Tsikhanouskaya has been exiled in Lithuania since the aftermath of last August’s elections in Belarus […]

World War II mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus

Nearly two years after a mass grave of Holocaust victims was uncovered in Brest, Belarus, the country discovered another grave near the village of Logoza. On April 30, multiple media sources uploaded images of the five-meter-deep grave and the human remains lying inside at the site. The images, belonging to the Anadolu news agency, showed […]

The push for a free Belarus requires patience and endurance | View

More than eight months after the fraudulent elections that sparked massive pro-democracy protests, it is tempting to declare the Belarusian uprising a failure. Its dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, clings to power, while thousands have been arrested and the country now has 354 recognised political prisoners. The most recent attempt at a mass demonstration was thwarted with […]

Russia unveils CIA plot to Assassinate Belarus leadership and even their Children during Color Revolution

    Several people, including two in Russia, have been arrested for allegedly plotting an armed insurrection against the Belarusian president. He claims that the US may have sanctioned the assassination attempt. Earlier this week, several Belarusian opposition figures were arrested in their home country and in neighboring Russia. The two nations made it clear […]

Belarus launches housing project for elderly who saved Jews in Holocaust

In 1998, the now 90-year-old Lyubov Arkhiptsova-Volchek was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations – Israel’s title for non-Jews it recognized for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust – for helping hide her 11-year-old Jewish friend from the Nazis. Today Arkhiptsova-Volchek lives in abject poverty in Belarus. “There’s no indoor toilet. […]

Belarus charges opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya with terrorism

Belarus authorities on Monday announced a criminal probe against the nation’s top opposition figure on charges of terrorism, a move that follows a sweeping police crackdown on protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. Belarus’ Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said his office has launched a criminal investigation against Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the top opposition […]

90-year-old who saved Jew in Holocaust found living in poverty in Belarus

A 90-year-old woman who risked her life to save a Jewish girl during the Holocaust was found living in poverty in the town of Hlusk in Belarus, the From the Depths organization announced on Wednesday. In 1998, Yad Vashem honored Lyubov Volchek as a Righteous Among the Nations, an honor given to those who provided […]

Lukashenko says Belarus may submit new Eurovision entry after backlash

KYIV – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday that Belarus may submit a new entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after the previous one, by a band known for mocking anti-government protests, was rejected as too political. Featuring lyrics such as “I will teach you to toe the line,” the entry had sparked […]

Belarus: EU rejects claim that European funds financed Lukashenko’s property ‘goldmine’

EU agencies have vehemently rejected claims that European funds were used to finance the luxury properties of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, as alleged in a new documentary film released this week. “Suggestions that EU assistance has gone for buildings or residences used by the Lukashenko regime that have appeared in the media are completely unfounded […]

The Fight For Belarus

The Fight For Belarus An Interview With Nadezhda Sablina. In August 2020, following the Belarusian presidential election, opposition protests began in the Eastern European country. The protesters, backed by imperialist forces abroad, called for the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko. In response, pro-government demonstrations were also held in defense of Lukashenko. Since then, political tensions have […]

Europe shows its support for Belarus Solidarity Day

The colours of the Belarusian flag were projected into the sky over the Latvian capital in a show of support for the Belarus opposition movement. Riga was just one of many cities heeding a call to make February 7 Belarus Solidarity Day. The request came from Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition movement who […]

Synagogue in Belarus is for sale to anyone willing to restore it

The remains of the synagogue in Belarus where the family of painter Marc Chagall used to pray are up for sale to anyone willing to restore the building. The municipality of Vitebsk is seeking a nominal fee only for the dilapidated exterior walls of what used to be the Great Lubavitch Synagogue, according to the […]

Why Russia & Belarus Are Not Irrational to Fear Another ‘Operation Barbarossa’

American writer and investigative historian Eric Zuesse January 21, 2021 The U.S. government’s plan to conquer Russia is based upon a belief in, and the fundamental plan to establish, “Nuclear Primacy” against Russia — an American ability to win a nuclear war against, and so conquer, Russia, Eric Zuesse writes. Russia and Belarus fear another […]

Belarus stripped of Ice Hockey World Championship over political concerns

Alexander Lukashenko has survived multiple waves of terrible news recently, brushing away international pariahdom like water off a duck’s back. But Monday evening’s decision to strip the hockey-mad authoritarian of the rights to co-host this year’s world championships will likely have hit him hard. Announcing the news on its website, the International Ice Hockey Foundation […]

Unit of Belarus nuclear plant taken offline after safety system triggered

A unit of Belarus’s new Astravets nuclear power plant was taken offline on Saturday during testing procedures after the reactor protection system was triggered, the Belarus energy ministry said. It said radiation levels in the area were normal. “The protection system was activated during the pilot industrial operation of Unit 1, as part of which […]

Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko mocks U.S. over Capitol violence

“In our country, protesters and other dissatisfied people don’t storm government agencies and capitols,” Lukashenko said. 00 Hits: 12

China’s influence in Belarus did not interfere with Russia’s interests

For Belarus and Ukraine, relations with China have become very important in recent years, and China’s involvement economically and politically has increased with those two states, a new study by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) said.China has increased its influence in Belarus in recent years, but it has done so against expectations and […]

Belarus fines Holocaust survivor displaying symbolic protest flag

An 87-year-old Holocaust survivor in Belarus was convicted of an “unauthorized mass action” and fined nearly a month’s worth of her pension income for displaying on her balcony the country’s former red and white flag, which has become a symbol of the protest movement against the nation’s authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Elizaveta Yakovlevna Bursova, who […]

Thousands of anti-Lukashenko protesters march in Belarus, dozens detained

Thousands of demonstrators marched in the Belarus capital Minsk and elsewhere on Sunday as weekly protests demanding the resignation of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko continued, prompting police to detain more than 300 people.Belarus, a country of 9.5 million that Russia sees as a security buffer against NATO, has been rocked by mass protests since an […]

Belarus’ Lukashenko to resign following adoption of new constitution

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that he would step down as president once a new constitution is adopted and proposed curbing presidential powers as part of the reforms, though he gave no timeline for those moves. Lukashenko, who has faced mass protests calling for him to step down since a presidential election on […]

Belarus opposition asks European prosecutors to probe torture accusations

Supporters of exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday they would lobby state prosecutors in several European countries to investigate accusations of torture by Belarusian authorities.Belarus has been rocked by months of anti-government protests after veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in an Aug. 9 presidential election that his opponents say was rigged, […]

Hundreds detained in latest anti-government demos in Belarus

Sources including human rights groups have told Euronews that at least 283 people were detained by police as anti-government protests continued across Belarus on Sunday. Demonstrations have now been going on for 16 consecutive weeks, attracting thousands of people, calling for president Alexander Lukashenko to resign. Security forces have habitually used stun grenades, tear gas […]

Hundreds arrested as police use stun grenades to disperse Belarus protest

Police in Belarus used stun grenades and tear gas in an attempt to break up a protest in the capital Minsk as weekly demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko showed no signs of ending. The protester’s anger has been further raised by the recent death of an opposition activist. Roman Bondarenko died in Minsk earlier in […]

Russian and Belorussian Defense Ministers Give Important Update on Belarus

Via The Saker [embedded content] Translated by Sasha and subtitled by Leo. Meeting took place on October 27, 2020. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu: Good day, dear colleagues. The Republic of Belarus was and remains our closest neighbour, reliable ally and strategic partner. This is particularly important under the current conditions of international instability, when […]

Women take to streets of Belarus once again, calling for Lukashenko to go

Belarusian women took once again to the streets of Minsk protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko. In what has now become a tradition on Saturdays in the Belarusian capital, hundreds marched carrying flowers and chanting “Long live Belarus”. A number of protesters were detained by riot police, who have violently cracked down on the protests which […]

WHO Chief Says Herd Immunity is ‘Unethical’, Pretends Sweden and Belarus Don’t Exist

    The head of the World Health Organization warned Monday against suggestions by some to just allow COVID-19 to spread in the hope of achieving so-called herd immunity, saying this was “unethical.” “Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a […]

Belarus: Demonstrations continue after mass arrests and live-fire threats

Belarus authorities said they arrested 713 people during protests on Sunday and warned that live ammunition could be used against further demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko. In a statement, the country’s interior ministry said that 570 of those arrested in the biggest crackdown in weeks on protesters were yet to appear before a judge. It […]

Black-clad masked police violently disperse demonstrators at Belarus protest march

Riot police detained protesters in Minsk on October 11 as thousands rallied for the ninth consecutive Sunday rally against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Large numbers of black-clad masked police, internal troops and men in plainclothes emerged from unmarked minibuses and ran towards protesters in the capital Minsk, pulling some to the ground, witness footage on […]

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