2020 Belarus Presidential Election
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29 July 2021
Belarusian Opposition Leader: Biden 'Not Indifferent' To Belarus
U.S. President Joe Biden met with self-exiled Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya at the White House on July 28. After the meeting, Tsikhanouskaya said Biden is "not indifferent to what is happening in Belarus." She spoke to reporter Mykhailo Komadovsky.
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.
26 July 2021
When Wearing The Wrong Socks Or Dancing Is A Crime In Belarus
Tens of thousands of people have been detained in Belarus in a brutal government crackdown after a disputed election in August 2020 extended the decades-long rule of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. For such "crimes" as wearing the wrong socks or dancing in the streets, people have been fined or even jailed.
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.
07 June 2021
How Much Money Has Russia Spent Propping Up Belarus?
As Belarus faces international isolation for its brutal crackdown on opposition voices, it has been able to rely on Russia for support -- both political and economic. Despite a sometimes fraught relationship, Moscow has been pouring money into Belarus since the 1990s.
01 June 2021
Belarusian Activist Cuts Throat At Hearing, Saying Authorities Threatened His Family, Friends
A Belarus activist has cut his own throat during a court hearing after being warned that if he didn't plead guilty to participating in mass protest, his family and neighbors would face prosecution.
27 May 2021
Fact Check Reveals False Claims In Lukashenka's Speech On Ryanair Interception
When the authoritarian leader of Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, made a speech defending the forced diversion to Minsk of a Ryanair passenger flight, he made several demonstrably false claims. These included a story about a threat to a Belarusian nuclear power station, which was more than 100km away
24 May 2021
Aviation Expert Explains How Belarus Fighter Jet Could Have Forced Ryanair Plane To Land
In an interview with Current Time on May 24, Russian aviation expert Vadim Lukashevich spoke about how Minsk could have forced the plane to land and about the consequences Belarus could face if airlines decide not to fly over the country.