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Vitaly Shishov: Head of Belarusian exile group has reportedly gone missing in Ukraine

The head of an organisation helping Belarusians fleeing abroad has gone missing in Ukraine. Vitaly Shishov, head of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was reported missing by his partner after failing to return from a jog, Reuters news agency quoted police as saying. His organisation said a search of the area in which Mr […]

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Krystina Timanovskaya: Belarusian runner granted Polish visa after being thrown out from Olympic team

Runner from Belarus refused her team’s order to fly home early from the Olympics has been granted a humanitarian visa by Poland. Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, is at the Polish embassy in Tokyo after spending the night secured in a hotel under protection from Japanese police. She said she was forcibly taken to the airport for […]

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Krystina Timanovskaya: Belarus Olympic runner seeks asylum after being expelled from team

A Belarus sprinter who refused her team’s order to fly home early from the Olympics is seeking asylum in Poland, activists say. Krystina Timanovskaya spent the night secured in a hotel under protection from Japanese police, after saying she was forcibly taken to the airport for criticising coaches. She voiced fears for her safety if […]

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European Union bans Belarus planes from using its airspace

The European Union banned Belarusian planes from using its airspace and accessing its airports after the forced grounding of a Ryanair flight. European airlines are also being strongly encouraged to avoid flying over the ex-Soviet country. EU states are furious at Belarus for forcing a passenger flight to land in Minsk last month and then […]

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Russia blocks two European Airlines for avoiding to fly over Belarus to get to Moscow

Russia denied entry to two European airlines because they decided to avoid flying over Belarus to get to Moscow. Air France and Austrian Airlines have both had to cancel services after their flight plans were rejected by Russia. Some airlines are avoiding Belarusian airspace in protest after the government there forced a Ryanair plane to […]

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Ryanair ‘hijacked’ to protect people: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

President Alexander Lukashenko has accused outside “ill-wishers” of waging a “hybrid war” against Belarus as he defended Minsk’s forced diversion of a passenger plane, an incident that led to global outrage. Belarus on Sunday forced a Ryanair flight heading from Greece to Lithuania to land in its capital in response to an alleged bomb threat. […]

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Belarus hijacks Ryanair passenger flight with fake bomb threat to arrest dissident journalist

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a fighter jet to force a Ryanair flight travelling from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk so he could arrest a dissident journalist who is now facing the death penalty following an ‘outlandish’ bomb scare. Ryanair flight FR4978, carrying 171 passengers, had been flying from Athens to Vilnius when […]

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Belarusian woman fined $900 for wearing footwear matching colours of banned opposition flag

A woman in Belarus was fined $900 for wearing red and white socks because they matched the colours of the Belarusian opposition nationalist movement’s flag. The woman was spotted in Minsk wearing the coloured socks and shoes as she was on her way to a driving lesson, and was grabbed by four men in balaclavas. […]

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Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko to amend presidential succession laws to empower son

The president of Belarus has said he will change the law on presidential succession so that the national security council, where his son plays a prominent role, assumes power in the event of a president’s death while in office. “Tell me, if there is no president tomorrow, would you guarantee everything is going to be […]

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Thousands join protests against Belarusian leader Lukashenko on DAY 120; hundreds detained

Thousands of people marched in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday in weekly protests demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. Police detained more than 300 people. Belarus has seen mass protests since the August 9th presidential elections which Lukashenko said he won. His opponents claim the vote was rigged and want him to quit. […]

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European Union slaps sanctions against Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son

European Union added Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor to its sanctions blacklist of Belarus officials, bringing the total to 59. The 15 added on Friday also include KGB secret police chief Ivan Tertel and President Lukashenko’s chief of staff Igor Sergeenko. The EU rejects Mr Lukashenko’s claim to have won re-election on […]

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Lithuania CEASES all power trade with Belarus, after Belarus cranks up 1st nuclear plant

Lithuanian transmission system operator Litgrid has ceased all power trading with Belarus, saying on Tuesday it had detected the start of production at Belarus’ Astravets nuclear power plant which Vilnius deems unsafe. Lithuania bans imports of power from nuclear power plants it deems unsafe, such as Astravets, an allegation which Belarus denies. “Astravets is a […]