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French ambassador leaves Belarus after President Lukashenko’s government expels him

France’s ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the Belarus government ordered him out. An embassy spokesperson told AFP that ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. He had been told to leave by Monday. Mr de Lacoste, who is 57, was posted to Minsk late last year. Local media have suggested […]

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Belarus detains dozens over social media comments on Minsk shoot-out

Eighty-seven people were arrested in Belarus for commenting on social media about a shoot-out that claimed two lives, a human rights group says. It is the latest crackdown by Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, since he claimed victory in discredited elections over a year ago. An IT worker and a KGB security agent were shot dead […]

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Poland imposes state of emergency on border with Belarus amid surge in migration

The Polish parliament upheld a state of emergency on the Belarus border amid a surge in migration and upcoming Russian-led military exercises. The law bans large gatherings and limits movement for 30 days in areas along Poland’s border with Belarus. Poland accuses Belarus of inducing migrants to fly there on the false promise of legal […]

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Vitaly Shishov: Head of Belarusian exile group who went missing in Ukraine has been found dead

The head of a group helping people who have fled Belarus has been found dead near his home in neighbouring Ukraine. Vitaly Shishov’s body was found hanged in a park in Kyiv, a day after he failed to return from a jog. Police have opened a murder inquiry. Police said they were investigating whether he […]

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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. […]