Russian soldiers have arrived in Belarus and are preparing joint exercises with the Belarusians. As a result, Moscow and Minsk have announced major military manoeuvres for February 10-20.   The Belarusian Ministry of Defense reports that the troops will test their preparedness in the face of mounting tensions on the […]

Maria Kolesnikova, the last leading opposition figure remaining in Belarus, has appeared in court with her lawyer and co-defendant Maxim Znak. She has been in jail since September 2020.   Other Belarusian protest leaders, such as Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Veronika Tsepkalo, have fled the country. Last week, Kolesnikova called on […]

The opposition in Belarus has called for new demonstrations against authoritarian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime on Thursday.   Opposition to the long-serving president has diminished in recent months after severe repression by the regime. In August, after the elections, mass demonstrations took place in Belarus. President Lukashenko then claimed victory, […]

Belarus is closed because of the corona crisis. The government announced that the land borders would be closed to Belarusian citizens later this month.   An opposition news medium compared that crisis measure to a notorious Soviet-era barrier: the Iron Curtain. The decree published Wednesday evening states that the measures […]

Belarusian security forces have arrested alleged organizers of the protests on the third night of massive demonstrations against the regime, state news agency Belta reported Wednesday.   One of the organizers would have been arrested in a hotel. Two Russian journalists would also have been arrested. Thousands of protesters have […]

Police in Belarus arrested about 3,000 protesters during protests against the conduct of Sunday’s presidential elections.   This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA on the authority of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. Previous reports in Minsk spoke of at least 120 arrests. A demonstrator was […]

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