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    Why is the West afraid of the West-2017 exercises?
    Aug02

    Why is the West afraid of the West-2017 exercises?

    Lukashenka with a Kalashnikov rifle. Source: solnzepodobny.livejournal.com On 21 July 2017, Alexander Lukashenka visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. After the meeting, Poroshenko stated that he had received guarantees of security and that Ukraine would never be threatened from Belarusian territory. However, the very...

    The Belarusian authorities learn to appreciate their country’s statehood
    Aug01

    The Belarusian authorities learn to appreciate their country’s statehood

    Lukashenka in the national T-shirt ‘Vyshyvanka’. Source: svaboda.org On 1 July, on the eve of Belarus’s official Independence day, Alexander Lukashenka highlighted the connection between Belarusians and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This was the first official statement to allude to the historical roots of a sovereign and...

    Belarus and Ukraine cooperate in the face of Russian pressure
    Jul27

    Belarus and Ukraine cooperate in the face of Russian pressure

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka travelled to Kyiv on an official visit on 20-21 July. Both Belarus and Ukraine, for different reasons, are seeking to reinvigorate direct dialogue between their leaders, which they resumed three months ago in the Chernobyl zone. The ‘age-old friendship’ (in Lukashenka’s terms) between...

    Belarusian army aims to protect Russian airspace, not to atack other countries
    Jul14

    Belarusian army aims to protect Russian airspace, not to atack other countries

    Military parade on 3 July. Image: CTV.by Belarus’s neighbours regularly voice their concerns about Minsk’s role in a potential Russian invasion of the Baltic states or Ukraine. However, on 15 June, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenka insisted that although Belarusian and Russian troops were operating in the region ‘as...

    Belarusian Nobel laureate Sviatlana Alieksijevič hit by a smear campaign
    Jul11

    Belarusian Nobel laureate Sviatlana Alieksijevič hit by a smear campaign

    Sviatlana Alieksijevič, Photo: rfrmo.io On 19 June, the Russian information agency Regnum published a widely discussed interview with Sviatlana Alieksijevič, the 2015 Nobel Prize Winner from Belarus. Despite the fact that Alieksijevič forbade Regnum to publish the interview, the news outlet went ahead and released the article. In a conversation...

    Is Belarus just ‘Greater Russia’? Neighbouring states dismiss Belarusian sovereignty
    Jun20

    Is Belarus just ‘Greater Russia’? Neighbouring states dismiss Belarusian sovereignty

    Foreign minister Uladzimir Makei. Image: CTV.by Despite all of Minsk’s efforts to present itself as a neutral country, some of its neighbours doubt not only its neutrality but even its sovereignty and commitment to peace. On 5 June, Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė described Belarus as a threat to the region; meanwhile, her foreign...

    Milex 2017: Belarus’s Military Exhibition – Belarus Photo Digest
    May24

    Milex 2017: Belarus’s Military Exhibition – Belarus Photo Digest

    On 20-22 May, Minsk hosted Milex 2017, its eighth exhibition of arms and military equipment. This year, the exhibition hosted more than 140 official guests from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. Military officials from more than 27 countries were in attendance. However, the exhibition’s results remain somewhat mysterious....

    Religious Freedom in Belarus: worse than in Ukraine, better than in Russia
    May10

    Religious Freedom in Belarus: worse than in Ukraine, better than in Russia

    Lukashenka and Metropolitan Pavel. Photo: naviny.by Last month, the Pew Research Centre released its Global Restrictions on Religion report, which gauges barriers imposed by governments as well as social hostilities towards religious organisations. Out of the nearly 200 countries studied, Belarus ranked among the ‘high-risk’ group...

    Minsk and Kyiv successfully revive bilateral relations after a dramatic fallout
    May08

    Minsk and Kyiv successfully revive bilateral relations after a dramatic fallout

    On 1 May, Ukrainian border guards prevented three Belarusian citizens from entering Ukraine, suspecting them of planning subversive activities in Ukraine. A month earlier, Belarusian security agencies had detained several Ukrainian citizens for alleged plans to undermine public order in Belarus. Nevertheless, both Kyiv and Minsk prefer to...

    Between East and West: What’s next for Belarus? (Podcast)
    Apr18

    Between East and West: What’s next for Belarus? (Podcast)

    Photo: Hanna Liubankova Belarus has recently moved to the headlines of major international news outlets because of massive protests against the rule of president Lukashenka. But unlike in Ukraine, protests in Belarus has not yet lead to political changes. The KCL Eurasia Society, KCL Diplomacy Society and the Ostrogorski Centre hosted public...

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