The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, have a scheduled meeting in Sochi next week. It is expected that the talks will include discussions regarding the financial and economic spheres. There is also a possibility to unify the credit operations between Russia and Belarus.
The Investigative Committee of Belarus formally sent the documentation for the extradition of the founder of the Telegram channel NEXTA Stepan Putilo and his former editor-in-chief Roman Protasevich from Poland under the International treaty. The Belarusian KGB previously included these individuals on the terrorist list.
Belarus started charging its citizens to leave the country. The information is available at the “Amendments to the Tax Code,” published on the Belarus National Legal Portal. Drivers of cars weighing up to five tons, and with the capacity of up to eight passengers, will have to pay.
A Kremlin representative made an announcement regarding the intention by Russia to create a political party in Belarus that will support integration with Russia. However, the new party will oppose the current dictatorial regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Russia is one of only a handful of countries that recognized the legitimacy of the Belarusian presidential election.
The Belarusian government is set to close its land borders to its own citizens, a measure that the administration of President Alexander Lukashenko justifies with the need to contain the spread of the coronavirus. However, the country’s opposition sees this move as an attempt to imprison Belarusians in their own country.
The Russian political strategist Stanislav Belkovsky made a statement pertaining Belarus on Ukraine 24 channel during a live event. Belkovsky highlighted the fact that Putin does not like the current president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko has been disloyal and previously has been playing multiple sides for personal gain.
This week, the European Parliament adopted a November resolution pertaining to tougher sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and his government. According to the European Parliament, the previous actions were insufficient and not harsh enough. A majority of the EU parliament voted in favor of the tougher sanctions.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya held her first press conference in Lithuania while in exile, on Saturday (August 22nd). Criticizing President Lukashenko, the Belarusian opposition leader stressed that his countrymen would “never” agree to compromise with the current government.
The presidential election in Belarus on August 9th was a farce. The election should have been transparent. The disconnection of the internet and the observed ballot replacement were huge and foolish mistakes. Furthermore, announcing the post-election results with close to 80% in favor of Alexander Lukashenko was laughable.
Alexander Lukashenko, who was re-elected President of Belarus ten days ago following a controversial election, has said he is ready to “hold a constitutional referendum” amid tens of thousands of people protesting, “but he is not ready to run for re-election.” The opposition strongly demands his resignation.
For the seventh consecutive day, the streets of the Belarusian capital were filled with demonstrators protesting Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election, which they regard as fraudulent. Almost 7,000 people were arrested, and there are reports and evidence of the mistreatment of the demonstrators.
Belarus continues to witness widespread protests against government violence despite the release of many detainees in recent days. In Minsk, hundreds of doctors formed a human chain to protest against the ruling government. The Belarusian government unexpectedly released hundreds of people, detained during the unrest.
Police in riot gear in Belarus stormed a rally on Thursday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Protesters say election fraud has spread. On Thursday morning, women gathered in downtown Minsk in a symbolic act of peace and solidarity and formed a human chain, published on Telegram channels.
Police detained more than 1,000 people in Belarus overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday as part of halting protests against the results of the country’s presidential elections, officials announced. The demonstrations took place in 25 Belarusian cities, bringing together thousands of people.
The joint opposition candidate in the Belarusian presidential elections said on Sunday that “the majority” of citizens support her. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stated that she does not believe in the exit polls that overwhelmingly give the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, an overwhelming victory.
The presidential election in Belarus is done. The winner, as expected, is Alexander Lukashenko. At the same time, he is making crucial mistakes already. The mistakes can be very expensive, and, at least hypothetically, could become the basis for the fall of the Lukashenko regime.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was said to be on course for a sixth presidential term, according to an exit poll commissioned by state television. The poll gave Lukashenko 79.7% of the vote to 6.8% for his main rival, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The opposition condemned the vote as rigged.
For the 65-year-old Alexander Lukashenko, today’s presidential elections represent the toughest of challenges to his autocratic leadership and seem to indicate an obvious sign of wear and tear on his presidency. Lukashenko has been in power for a whopping 26 years.
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Alexander Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since then (predating the office of President). In the post Soviet era, Lukashenko was an example for Russians. He is the only leader that maintained social guarantees and benefits in the modern times.
Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tijanovskaya, the new main opponent of President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s presidential elections, canceled her last campaign rally Thursday in the face of obstacles placed to frustrate the rally by the country’s authorities.
Five days before presidential elections, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko addressed parliament and the nation. Lukashenko said Russian mercenaries from Wagner’s private military company, who had been detained in Minsk a few days earlier, had been sent by Russia to destabilize the situation.