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19 January 2022
With Ukraine Bracing For Potential Russian Invasion, Belarus Emerges As Key Player
As Russia masses an estimated 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders, it has also begun moving forces and equipment into neighboring Belarus for what Moscow said will be military exercises. One observer describes the move as a show of force by Russia, and of allegiance by Belarus.
30 September 2021
Gunfight In Minsk: Doubts Raised About Dramatic Video As Two Killed In KGB Raid
Dramatic video released by the Belarusian authorities appears to show a gunfight during a KGB raid in which two people were reportedly killed. Opposition figures condemned the use of violence by the KGB and raised doubts about the authenticity of the video.
06 August 2021
'We Have Won': Why The Family Of A Young Belarusian Prisoner Still Holds Out Hope
Mikita Litvinenka is one of thousands of Belarusians who have been imprisoned for taking part in protests over the August 9, 2020, election, widely seen in the country -- and in the West -- as rigged. In July, he was sentenced to four years in prison.
03 August 2021
Belarus Sent Hit Squads To Kill Lukashenka Critics, Says Man Who Found Activist's Body In Kyiv
The man who found the body of Belarusian activist Vital Shyshou in a park near his home in Kyiv says that he was briefed by Ukrainian intelligence officials that hit squads had been sent to Ukraine to "liquidate" activists in exile.
27 July 2021
RFE/RL Correspondents In Belarus Released From Jail, 10 Days After Arrest
Two correspondents of RFE/RL's Belarus Service have been released from jail, 10 days after their arrests as part of authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka's clampdown on the country's independent media and civil society.
22 June 2021
Can't Leave, Can't Stay: The Belarusians In Limbo At Sweden's Minsk Embassy
A father and son are holed up in the Swedish Embassy in Minsk, where they took refuge in September 2020 from Belarusian security forces after joining pro-democracy protests. The Swedish authorities say the two men cannot claim political asylum at the embassy.
06 January 2021
Former Belarusian Official Vouches For Authenticity Of Tape Alleging Lukashenka Hit Squad In Germany
A former senior Belarusian Interior Ministry official has vouched that a 2012 audio recording that allegedly spells out plans to kill several opponents of leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Germany is authentic.
09 November 2020
Over 1,000 People Detained In Latest Crackdown On Protests In Belarus
More than 1,000 anti-government demonstrators were detained across Belarus on the 13th consecutive Sunday of protests calling for the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and a new presidential election following a disputed vote three months ago.
20 October 2020
Pensioner Power Boosts Protests In Belarus
Marches by senior citizens have become a regular feature on the streets of Minsk. They are boosting anti-government protests that have occurred daily since the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, which was widely seen as rigged. As one participant put it: "If they arrest me, I'll be proud."
23 September 2020
'A Shock,' 'A Disgrace': Belarusians Respond To Alyaksandr Lukashenka's Secret Presidential Inauguration
Belarusians interviewed in Minsk by RFE/RL's Belarusian Service after Alyaksandr Lukashenka's surprise September 23 presidential inauguration largely scoffed at the unannounced, closed-door ceremony. The event suggests that Lukashenka, in power since 1994, is afraid of his own people, most said.
31 August 2020
How Lukashenka Demeans And Insults His Opponents In Belarus
As his security forces have beaten protesters and detained thousands, authoritarian Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has repeatedly appeared on TV hurling insults at those who brave brutal repression to call for him to go.
23 August 2020
Massive March In Belarus Challenges Lukashenka
People marched through the center of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on August 23, two weeks after the country's disputed presidential election. An estimated 100,000 joined the protest against result of the vote, in which the incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka claimed victory despite irregularities.
11 August 2020
Belarusian Opposition Candidate 'Forced' To Leave Country
Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has left her country, apparently under duress, amid a wave of protests against the alleged falsification of the country's recent presidential election. Western governments have criticized both the election and a crackdown by security forces.