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Section: Belarus Digest (Belarus)

    Belarus authorities uncover a ‘putsch’ to deter mass protests
    Mar23

    Belarus authorities uncover a ‘putsch’ to deter mass protests

    Young members of Patriot Club. Photo: svaboda.org On 22 March, Alexander Lukashenka revealed an extraordinary discovery – the authorities had arrested armed fighters who were planning to overthrow the government on 25 March, the day when the Belarusian opposition traditionally celebrates Freedom Day with mass rallies. The fighters allegedly had...

    Poor civic literacy in Belarus: a legacy of undemocratic rule
    Mar15

    Poor civic literacy in Belarus: a legacy of undemocratic rule

    The recently published survey Civic Literacy in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus revealed that the civic literacy rate is lower in Belarus than in Ukraine and Moldova, except when it comes to such issues as budget and taxes. The survey attempted to determine how people in the three countries understand the principles of interaction between the state...

    Schengen visa facilitation: jeopardised by fear of migrants?
    Mar10

    Schengen visa facilitation: jeopardised by fear of migrants?

    Recent statements by Belarusian officials have confirmed that the country’s citizens should not expect a more liberal visa regime with Europe in the foreseeable future. Belarus’s decision to introduce a conditional visa-free regime for nationals of eighty countries, many of them European, does not mean Europe has to reciprocate....

    Schengen visa facilitation: jeoparised by fear of migrants?
    Mar10

    Schengen visa facilitation: jeoparised by fear of migrants?

    Recent statements by Belarusian officials have confirmed that the country’s citizens should not expect a more liberal visa regime with Europe in the foreseeable future. Belarus’s decision to introduce a conditional visa-free regime for nationals of eighty countries, many of them European, does not mean Europe has to reciprocate....

    Moscow erects border with Belarus, undermines its links with Ukraine and the Baltics
    Feb20

    Moscow erects border with Belarus, undermines its links with Ukraine and the Baltics

    Image: TUT.by On 16 February, Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, announced that the Kremlin does not plan to introduce a visa regime with Belarus. His statement comes in a context of increasingly harsh measures on behalf of Moscow towards Belarus over the past half year, beginning when Russia decided to partially reinstate its...

    Big talk with the President, a drop in gambling, armed neo-Nazis – Belarus state press digest
    Feb06

    Big talk with the President, a drop in gambling, armed neo-Nazis – Belarus state press digest

    Minsk casino. Photo: realt.by Last week Alexandr Lukashenka spoke for over seven hours to journalists emphasising deep problems with Russia at the press conference “Big talk with the president”. According to him, Russia should not fear an influx of migrants after Belarus’s visa-free regime starts. Lithuania criticises the Belarusian NPP for...

    Soft Belarusisation in Hrodna
    Feb01

    Soft Belarusisation in Hrodna

    Mova Nanova courses. Source: dzvin.by On 20 January, the Belarusian jury and TV audiences selected the band Navi to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time in the history of Eurovision, Belarus’s performance will be in the Belarusian language. This is just one of many small steps that Belarus has recently taken...

    Belarusian diplomacy in 2016 – Annual foreign policy digest
    Jan31

    Belarusian diplomacy in 2016 – Annual foreign policy digest

    Alexander Lukashenka, his son Mikalaj and Pope Francis. Photo: president.gov.by In 2016, Belarusian diplomats succeeded in getting rid of most Western sanctions, improving the international legitimacy of the national parliament, regularising dialogue with Europe, and converting Poland from a strong critic …read more Source: Belarus...

    Will Russia occupy Belarus in 2017?
    Nov29

    Will Russia occupy Belarus in 2017?

    Redeployment of Russian military equipment by railway Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defence disclosed logistical data of railway traffic to other countries for the upcoming year. It revealed that the Kremlin is planning to significantly increase the amount of military cargo headed for Belarus. This may be a sign that Moscow is preparing to...

    Belarus on the international stage: a Russian puppet or a skillful diplomat?
    Nov25

    Belarus on the international stage: a Russian puppet or a skillful diplomat?

    Belarus’s ambassador to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas. Photo: @BelarusUNNY on Twitter On 15 November, at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, the Belarusian delegation voted against a draft resolution tabled by Ukraine on the human rights situation in Crimea. This vote, along with Belarus’s failed attempt to adjourn debate on all...

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