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Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko visits Iran, Russian aircraft explosion spurs mass arrests across Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko visits Iran, Russian aircraft explosion spurs mass arrests across Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Belarus’ dictator Alexander Lukashenko visits fellow Russian ally Iran to discuss the countries’ bilateral relations and look into ways to potentially bypass growing international sanctions. In Belarus, Lukashenko signed a law introducing the death penalty as punishment for civil servants and military personnel convicted of high treason. Belarusian authorities conducted

Belarus Weekly: Opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia

Belarus Weekly: Opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia

by Maria Yeryoma

As tensions mount between Kyiv and Minsk amid Russia's war, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko claims that the CIA and the SBU were behind the Machulishchy airfield explosion. Ukraine rejects involvement. Two high-profile trials come to a close, resulting in lengthy prison sentences for Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Ales Bialiatski,

Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko visits China as tensions mount

Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko visits China as tensions mount

by Maria Yeryoma

Two explosions rocked Machulishchy airfield near Minsk on Feb. 26, destroying a Russian A-50 warning and control aircraft. Belarus ups border security after explosions. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko pays a state visit to Beijing, claiming that “not a single issue in the world can be resolved without China.” Prosecutors order

Belarus Weekly: Minsk, Moscow plummet in latest Democracy Index

Belarus Weekly: Minsk, Moscow plummet in latest Democracy Index

by Maria Yeryoma

Belarus takes an unsurprising hit to its Democracy Index, published by The Economist Group, placing 153rd out of 167 countries. Russian military aircraft remain in Belarus after finishing announced joint flight exercises in what is likely an effort by Moscow to bolster its forces in the country. Belarus dictator Alexander

Belarus Weekly: Direct Belarusian involvement in Russia’s war would spark ‘massive disobedience,’ Tsikhanouskaya says

Belarus Weekly: Direct Belarusian involvement in Russia’s war would spark ‘massive disobedience,’ Tsikhanouskaya says

by Maria Yeryoma

Subscribe to the Newsletter Belarus Weekly Join us Joint Russian-Belarusian flight exercises begin in Belarus. The Institute for the Study of War notes that Moscow will likely deploy additional forces to Belarus. Meanwhile, exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s in absentia trial begins in Minsk. She continues to speak out

Belarus Weekly: Nobel Peace Prize laureate on trial in Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Nobel Peace Prize laureate on trial in Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Belarus prepares to host a joint military aviation exercise with Russia as echelons of Moscow’s military personnel continue to move into the country. Belarus claims that such efforts are “not directed against third parties.” Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko signed an amendment to the country’s citizenship law, allowing the

Even after sanctions, Russian economy can pay for war

Even after sanctions, Russian economy can pay for war

by Oleg Sukhov

The Russian economy has faced unprecedented sanctions since the Kremlin launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. The latest events – the West's embargo on seaborn oil and price cap on Russian oil sales worldwide – are seen as a blow to the Russian economy, whose backbone is the energy

Belarus in 2022: War, death, and a very grim place

Belarus in 2022: War, death, and a very grim place

by Teah Pelechaty, Maria Yeryoma

Belarus entered 2022 gobbled in its ongoing political crisis and finished it as an accomplice in an unprovoked and brutal Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko conceded his country's sovereignty to Russia, becoming entirely reliant on President Vladimir Putin's will. Belarus reached technical default on its foreign debt

With the world looking away, Russia quietly took control over Belarus

With the world looking away, Russia quietly took control over Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Talks of dictator Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus becoming Russia's vassal gained ground in 2020 when the regime violently crushed all forms of descent, with Moscow's full backing. Two years later, Lukashenko's Belarus is barely independent from the Kremlin. The Belarusian economy is dependent on Russia's direct and indirect financial contributions, the

Belarus Weekly: Russia re-deploys MiG-31K supersonic aircraft to Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Russia re-deploys MiG-31K supersonic aircraft to Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Following a visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last week, Belarus conducted a sudden inspection of troops' and continues to engage in covert mobilization. Russia deploys additional military aircraft to Belarus, including those capable of carrying Kinzhal ballistic missiles. As Belarus launches the first in absentia trials against several

Belarus Weekly: Ukraine says Moscow to strike Belarus in 'false flag' operation

Belarus Weekly: Ukraine says Moscow to strike Belarus in 'false flag' operation

by Maria Yeryoma

As Russian troops withdraw from Kherson amid a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive, concerns over false flag operations from Belarus intensify. Ukrainian intelligence warns of potential staged provocations by Russia at Belarusian critical infrastructure sites, which it says Moscow will blame on Kyiv. An independent Belarusian railway initiative says Minsk has transferred

Belarus Weekly: Ukraine builds fence along border with Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Ukraine builds fence along border with Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Kyiv constructs a wall to fortify its border with Belarus as Minsk prepares to hold large-scale mobilization drills at the end of the year. Belarusian monitoring group Belarusian Hajun reports additional Russian aircraft in Belarus. As regional military authorities requisition 50,000 mobilization summons, concern over covert mobilization in Belarus

Where is Russia’s anti-war opposition?

Where is Russia’s anti-war opposition?

by Katie Marie Davies

For many Ukrainians, watching queues of conscription-age Russians fleeing the specter of mobilization has proven bittersweet. Each body that crosses the border into Kazakhstan, Armenia, or Georgia is one less soldier to occupy Ukrainian soil. But why have the same crowds failed to appear at anti-war protests in a bid

Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko's regime bans 'Long live Belarus!' salute, adds 224 names to its list of 'extremists'

Belarus Weekly: Lukashenko's regime bans 'Long live Belarus!' salute, adds 224 names to its list of 'extremists'

by Maria Yeryoma

As military training grounds in Belarus expand after the creation of the Russia-Belarus joint military command force, Ukraine reports the deployment of kamikaze drones to a Belarusian airfield near the Ukrainian border. Meanwhile, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko reiterates his intention not to send Belarusian forces to Ukraine. After severing ties

Belarus Weekly: Russia deploys ballistic missiles to Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Russia deploys ballistic missiles to Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

As Belarusians mourn The Night of the Executed Poets, the climax of the Stalinist repressions against intellectuals, state-sponsored repressions continue almost a century later. Moscow deploys ballistic missiles to Belarus, and Minsk opens two military command centers to train Russian troops as part of the countries’ joint military command force.

Kremlin propaganda more aggressive as Russia steps up attacks

Kremlin propaganda more aggressive as Russia steps up attacks

by Oleg Sukhov

As Russia is escalating its war against Ukraine and using massive missile and drone strikes to destroy infrastructure, Kremlin propaganda is becoming even more bloodthirsty. The earlier disappointment of propagandists with repeated Russian defeats on the battlefield has been replaced with a feeling of schadenfreude. They are gloating over the

Belarus Weekly: Russia launches Iranian-made drones from Belarus, moves in more troops

Belarus Weekly: Russia launches Iranian-made drones from Belarus, moves in more troops

by Maria Yeryoma

Concerns over a potential offensive from Belarus continue as covert mobilization, and the movement of Russian troops to Belarus continues. Russia launches Iranian-made drones from Belarusian territory, continuing Belarus' role as a co-belligerent in Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko's regime makes critical changes to Belarus' electoral

Belarus Weekly: Minsk to welcome 9,000 Russian troops, as covert mobilization is ongoing in Belarus

Belarus Weekly: Minsk to welcome 9,000 Russian troops, as covert mobilization is ongoing in Belarus

by Maria Yeryoma

Belarus to welcome 9,000 Russian troops. Meanwhile, a covert mobilization is ongoing in Belarus. Belarus' dictator Alexander Lukashenko warns of a so-called "increased risk of terrorist threats" in Belarus, as authorities give contradicting statements about an alleged "counter-terrorist regime" in the country. Ukraine is considering abolishing Kyiv's visa-free regime

Could mobilization, battlefield defeats cost Putin his regime?

Could mobilization, battlefield defeats cost Putin his regime?

by Oleg Sukhov

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in his war against Ukraine, and he may be paying the price. By announcing the mobilization of conscripts on Sept. 21 and the illegal annexation of more Ukrainian territory on Sept. 30, he increased domestic instability in Russia. People who were content

Belarus Weekly: Belarusian authorities jail journalist, political prisoner Bialiatski wins Nobel Peace Prize

Belarus Weekly: Belarusian authorities jail journalist, political prisoner Bialiatski wins Nobel Peace Prize

by Maria Yeryoma

For the first time since the start of Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko acknowledges Belarus' involvement in Russia's war. As Belarus prepares to receive up to 20,000 Russian troops, Lukashenko accuses Ukraine of amassing troops on the border. The government-in-exile, led by opposition leader Sviatlana

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Lukashenko, Putin hold 4-hour meeting in Moscow.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a nearly four-hour meeting until late on April 11, according to Russian state-controlled news agency RIA Novosti.
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