The president of Russia Vladimir Putin and the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will hold the talks in Sochi this week. The talks are on the eve of the February 23rd, which traditionally is the holiday that honors men in Russia. Lukashenko arrived in Sochi well an advance and this is the first time, Lukashenko left Belarus after the beginning of the protests.
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.
Social media has become the main source of political propaganda. According to Statista, the total number of active social media users has been steadily growing year-on-year in Russia, except for 2017, when the audience dropped significantly in volume across the country. By January 2020, there were 70 million active users of social media platforms in Russia.
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 testing of the 5G technology has been completed in Belarus. The Belarusian infrastructure operator beCloud has completed a large-scale testing of the 5G technology on December 19th, 2020. The company, founded on December 19, 2012, has become the first infrastructure operator in Belarus.
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.
The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited a hospital in Minsk. At present, Belarus is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been 1,691 new cases of Coronavirus infection on November 28th. This is the highest number in one day ever recorded in Belarus.
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.
Belarus is experiencing challenging times with a negative impact on its populous. Alexander Lukashenko continues to be the President of Belarus despite the falsification of the election results. Russia is one of the few nations that recognized Lukashenko as a legitimate president.
The fourth Free Russia Forum just wrapped up. Due the Coronavirus pandemic, the forum was held virtually. At the end of the forum, the participants were offered a draft resolution pertaining to the situation in Belarus and preventing the “crimes” of the illegitimate ruling Belarusian regime.
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.
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.
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.
On the November 1st, the people of Moldova will vote in their country’s presidential election. There is a big chance of demonstrations similar to those in Belarus after their election. Given the Moldovan history of color revolutions, it is very plausible of such occurring. Moldova does not hold a strategic interest as does Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus.
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 escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict happened in September and continues today. The President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan is supporting Azerbaijan. The conflict is pertaining the Nagorno Karabakh region. Azerbaijan believes the territories should be returned to them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today accused the West of openly funding the opposition protests that have rocked that country for the past 11 days. Lukashenko laments that the West is directly supporting those who are protesting his recent reelection with an ultimate agenda of toppling his administration.