On Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the decision to expel the staff of the Belarusian embassy would be a “clear message” to the authorities of this country, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, that their unfair decision will have consequences.
Over 500 people were detained in Minsk today during the opposition demonstrations that have been ongoing since August against President Alexandr Lukashenko’s fraudulent re-election. As reported by the Associated Press news agency, most of the arrests took place in the country’s capital, Minsk and those arrested include several high-profile journalists and athletes.
Alexander Lukashenko claims that two blocks of the nuclear power plant near Ostrovets will cover 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs. Alexander Lukashenko considered the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) near Ostrovets, as a historical moment in the life of Belarus.
Scotland became the first country in the United Kingdom to enact legislation prohibiting the physical punishment of children under the age of 16. In Scotland, a law has come into force against spanking children, according to the online edition Express and Star on Saturday, November 7.
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked about the possible acquisition of the Minsk oil field on the territory of Russia, the press service of the Belarusian leader reported. It was about starting negotiations on the supply of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) to Belarus next year.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has asked the Russian president for help in securing his country. The Armenian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday (October 31st) that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had officially asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to launch an “urgent consultation” on ensuring Armenia’s security.
Protests in Belarus started after the presidential election in August. The results of the election were flawed, to put it mildly. The opposition leader, Svetlana Tichanovskaya, whose husband has been jailed, had to leave the country. The reason behind her departure is the fear for her life and safety.
Former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the start of a national strike on Monday, following the expiration of an ultimatum that Tikhanovskaya had previously presented to the Belarusian authorities that President Alexander Lukashenko must resign.
The European Parliament has awarded the democratic opposition in Belarus as the deserving winners of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award announced Thursday is scheduled for December 16, during a plenary session that would be held in Strasbourg, France.
Thousands of people once again took to the streets of Belarus today in protests against the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, despite an earlier threat by the authorities to use live gunfire on them. The protests resulted in the arrest and subsequent detention of over 100 people in Minsk, police said.
On Tuesday, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline to resign by October 25. Otherwise, she would mobilize the opposition members in the country to embark on a series of massive demonstrations that would paralyze activities and bring the country to a standstill.
A member of the initiative group of Viktor Babariko, businessman Yuri Voskresensky and Director of PandaDoc Dmitry Rabtsevich had a meeting with Lukashenko. Thereafter, they were released from the jail. The announcement came via Belarus 1 TV Channel. Belarus 1 is a state-owned television channel in Belarus.
Just as it has become kind of a norm in Belarus every weekend, tens of thousands took to the streets today demanding that Lukashenko must step down as the nation’s president. It’s estimated that about 100,000 people took part in today’s demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko despite the heavy security deployed by the authorities.
Canada and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced sanctions against the Belarusian President Aléxander Lukashenko, his son, and other senior Belarusian government officials. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes. They were the first sanctions to be implemented by major Western powers.
French President Emmanuel Macron irked by the on goings in Belarus notably the brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by the Lukashenko led administration, President Macron has ramped up the pressure on the embattled Belarus president by insisting that Alexander Lukashenko must vacate office, saying Lukashenko “must go”.
On Thursday, there was an announcement pertaining to new technology designed in Belarus. Belarusian experts presented an algorithm that allows users to identify law enforcement officers, while they are wearing masks. Since the Belarusian presidential election, the protests have not stopped.
The European Union foreign ministers on Monday unanimously agreed not to recognize the democratic legitimacy of the Belarusian president, Alexandr Lukashenko, following the country’s recent controversial elections. The said ministers, However, failed to adopt sanctions against the regime after Cyprus vetoed.
This weekend it became clear that Poland is working on the integration project with Lithuania. Hence, it would create the new Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This would also mean that both nations will be leaving the EU. It should be noted, Poland and Lithuania have been on the forefront of the Belarus situation.
On Saturday, Russian Alexey Stolyarov aka Lexus pranked the Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli. David Maria Sassoli is an Italian politician and journalist, a member of the Democratic Party. Sassoli, a member of the European Parliament since 2009, was elected its President on 3 July 2019.
Germany announced the creation of the new technology to assist in providing the accurate crowd numbers. At the end of August, thousands took to the streets in the “anti-Corona protests”. There was an attempt to close Berlin by the law enforcement. The government tried to stop the planned demonstration due to the concern of the Coronavirus spread.
This weekend, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview pertaining to the seven steps to the new Belarus that the opposition, led by Svetlana Tichanovskaya, is planning to implement. Lukashenko’s interview was a feeble attempt by the president to discredit the opposition.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
Russian president Vladimir Putin and the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, held an official meeting in Sochi on Monday. The closed talks between the presidents of the two nations lasted almost five hours. Lukashenko’s visit to Sochi brought a lot of attention, not only from the former Soviet Bloc but also the West.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted that she has received alarming reports of the violent and ongoing repression of peaceful demonstrations in Belarus. During its opening session on Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal on the need for an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
Belarusians aren’t giving up just yet. Their rallying call remains one, Lukashenko must go!! For the fifth consecutive Sunday, the streets of Belarus’s major cities have been flooded with a sea of demonstrators in their tens of thousands demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Minsk, the capital city of Belarus was once again a scene of chaos as thousands of women took to the streets on Saturday in protest against the Belarusian head of state over the recent handling of the election. Lukashenko’s continued illegal stay on power and his government’s autocratic tendencies.
Belarus entered its second month of civil unrest. This month, there have been more arrests of the key opposition members in Minsk. However, President Alexander Lukashenko managed to stay in power. Russia was one of the few nations who recognized the results of the presidential election in Belarus last month to be legitimate.
There have been a lot of changes happening in Russia and Belarus. Within the past six years, these developments include the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the amendments to the Russian Constitution. At present, the protests and tumultuous political situation as a whole are of concern.
Belarusian opposition figure, lawyer Maxim Znak, is said to have been ambushed and subsequently dragged into a car by masked men in the capital, Minsk. According to the opposition Coordination Council, Znak was scheduled to participate in a video conference that morning but did not show up.
The Polish telegram channel Nexta, which became one of the main channels for the Belarusian opposition to report news and organize actions together, conducted a poll. The poll conducted was pertaining to the question, “are you ready to join the self-defense units and fight back against the punishers?”
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has demanded the immediate release of her political collaborator, Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested by the Belarusian authorities yesterday. Tikhanovskaya issued a statement Tuesday from exile in Lithuania.
Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has today implored the United Nations Security Council to employ the use of “all mechanisms,” including sanctions, to end the Lukashenko-led administration’s “violence” and “human rights violations.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he has solid proof to the effect that the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was merely ”stage-managed” by Western powers as a way of discouraging Russian President Vladimir Putin from getting involved into Belarus’ affairs.
Belarus has been embroiled in protests all August. The protests intensified after the presidential election on the August 9th. The election was flawed, yet Russia recognized the election as legitimate. Nevertheless, the opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya had to leave the country, due to the alleged attempt on her life.
The United States is considering imposing sanctions on seven Belarusian officials believed to be responsible for electoral fraud and violence against peaceful protesters, a senior US State Department official revealed on September 1. The move by Washington could create friction with Moscow.
The three Baltic states of the European Union— Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania— have imposed travel bans on neighboring Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The sanctions were imposed in response to the alleged rigging of the August 9 presidential election and subsequent crackdown on public protests.
More than 100,000 Belarusians took part in Sunday’s demonstrations in the capital Minsk in opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko’s continued stay in power. Lukashenko has been at the helm of the country’s leadership for 26 years and his recent reelection, on August 9, is the bone of contention as it is deemed as outright fraud by both the nation’s opposition as well as the international community.
The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a statement pertaining imposing sanctions against Lithuania. Lithuania has been on the forefront of the Belarusian tumultuous situation. The leader of the opposition Svetlana Tichanovskaya has fled Belarus shortly after the election. At present, she continues to reside in Lithuania.
The foreign ministers of the European Union countries reached an agreement on the possibility of imposing sanctions on officials in Belarus, rejecting the results of the presidential elections, and calling for Moscow not to intervene. While Merkel tried unsuccessfully to contact Alexander Lukashenko.
The turmoil continues in Belarus. The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to set up a back up law enforcement unit to assist with the situation in Belarus. Putin confirmed the request and creation of such unit on the Russian news program on Thursday.
Belarus is on the verge of default. The Coronavirus pandemic impacted world economies and continues to cause a strain. However, outside of the coronavirus impact, Belarus’ political situation and challenging economic situation caused a drop in the foreign exchange earnings.
Alexander Lukashenko managed to suppress Belarus’ Maidan. The protests continue, but without the same vigor. However, it is only a temporary measure. Eventually, the forces will get stronger, and it is highly likely this will be his last term. If he manages to get through it, it will be with the help of Russia.
Belarus continues to have protest after the flawed presidential election. President Alexander Lukashenko made many fatal mistakes leading to the election, including the blatant sabotage of the votes. The protests continue, some members of the government resigned in solidarity with the protesters.
Lukashenko desperately clinches onto power following a controversial election. The nation’s authorities have blocked more than 50 of the country’s news websites in a desperate bid to block the dissemination of news of Belarus. Among the blocked news websites are the popular Belsat, a satellite TV news channel that is funded by Poland. Also blocked was Radio liberty’s news website.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered to demonstrate against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, two weeks after he returned to power through a disputed election. Demonstrators gathered on Independence Square in the capital, Minsk, in defiance of government threats, continuing their protest of Lukashenko’s rule.