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    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...

    Belarus’s plan to import Iranian and Azerbaijani oil: How serious is Minsk?
    Apr06

    Belarus’s plan to import Iranian and Azerbaijani oil: How serious is Minsk?

    Belarus Council of the Republic Speaker M. Myasnikovich and Iranian Parliament Speaker A. Larijani, Tehran, 6 February 2017. Image: IRNA On 3 April, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenka succeeded in securing concessions from Vladimir Putin following a year-long oil and gas dispute between the two countries. In order to reach a deal, Minsk...

    Killing children on social media
    Mar31

    Killing children on social media

    A whale etched with a razor on a teenager’s arm. Source: thesun.co.uk In March, two Belarusian youngsters attempted to commit suicide while playing a ‘game’ on the popular Russian social network VK. Belarusian law enforcement services have initiated two criminal cases, connecting the suicides with a game called ‘blue...

    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....

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