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Russian President Vladimir Putin promises Belarus nuclear capable missile systems

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday told his counterpart from Belarus that Moscow would supply Minsk with missile systems capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the Russian foreign ministry said. At a meeting with Putin in St Petersburg, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko expressed concern about the “aggressive”, “confrontational” and “repulsive” policies of its neighbours Lithuania and […]

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Belarus approves constitutional reforms give up non-nuclear status

Belarus approved constitutional reforms that will allow the country to host nuclear weapons at a time when the former Soviet republic has become a launchpad for Russian troops invading Ukraine. Belarusian elections commission said that some 65.2 percent of people who took part in a referendum voted in favour of the change. The result came […]

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Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over mass protests

A Belarusian opposition leader who rallied mass protests against disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko has been jailed for 18 years. Sergei Tikhanovsky was convicted of organising riots among other charges following a trial condemned as a sham. He planned to challenge Mr Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, but was detained before the vote. His wife, […]

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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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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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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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Workers and students launch nationwide strike to intensify pressure on Belarusian President

Factory workers chanted slogans, students and pensioners took to the streets, and police detained at least 235 people on Monday as the Belarusian opposition sought to intensify pressure on veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko with a nationwide strike. Lukashenko defied an ultimatum to surrender power by midnight, challenging his opponents to carry out a threat to […]

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Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gives Lukashenko 13 days to RESIGN

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, on Tuesday gave strongman President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline of two weeks to resign, halt violence and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a crippling general strike. Ms Tikhanovskaya maintains she was the true winner of an August 9 election, issued what she said was a “people’s […]

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Lukashenko’s forces use stun grenades and water cannon to break up Belarusians protesting

Security forces in the Belarusian capital have arrested dozens of protesters and used stun grenades and water cannon to break up crowds demanding a new presidential election. Belarus has been rocked by street protests and strikes since longtime ruler Alexander Lukashenko was officially declared the winner by a landslide in a disputed August 9 vote. […]