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  • Belarus Mass Rallies, Police Data Leak Keep Pressure on Lukashenko

    MINSK, Belarus—More than 100,000 Belarusians marched through the capital Minsk on Sept. 20 in the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping pressure on the veteran leader to quit. Many walked in a vast column that stretched several miles, decked out in…
  • March of 100,000 Marks Week 7 of Belarus Protests

    KYIV, Ukraine—Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital Sunday as the country’s wave of protests entered its seventh week. Hundreds of soldiers blocked off the center of Minsk, deploying water cannons and armored personnel carriers, and…
  • UN agrees to step up monitoring of human rights abuses in Belarus

    GENEVA—The United Nations agreed on Friday to step up monitoring of reported rights abuses during Belarus’s crackdown on protests, angering Minsk and its ally Moscow and raising the diplomatic stakes in the crisis. During a highly charged debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, European…
  • Belarusian Leader Says He Asked Putin for Weapons

    MOSCOW—Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to supply Belarus with weapons as he faces mass protests over a disputed election. Speaking to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during talks in Minsk, Lukashenko said: “I also asked the…
  • Belarus Leader Visits Putin to Secure Support Amid Protests

    MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia on Sept. 14 in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. President Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort…
  • Belarus Leader Visits Russia to Secure Support Amid Protests

    MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come…
  • When Women Lead Protest Movements

    One of the most striking things about the prodemocracy protests in Belarus has been the outsize role of women. A woman, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has emerged as the unlikely political challenger to longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Two of the country’s highest-profile opposition figures, who have…
  • Belarusian Leader Set to Visit Russia as Protests Continue

    KYIV, Ukraine—Belarusian authorities detained scores of demonstrators on Friday while seeking to end more than a month of protests against the country’s authoritarian president, who is set to visit Russia to help shore up his hold on power after 26 years in office. Protesters in…
  • Russia could absorb Belarus amid upheaval

    YEREVAN — Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, faced with mass protests following a rigged election, has now overseen the brazen abduction and deportation of his political rivals to Ukraine – a move placing Minsk firmly in the Russian orbit and his regime fully reliant on Moscow…
  • Belarus Protesters March in Minsk Despite Government Warning

    Tens of thousands of people marched through Minsk on Sunday calling on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down, in mass demonstrations that showed no sign of abating nearly a month after an election his opponents say was rigged. Columns of protesters defied a government…
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