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  1. September 24, 2012

    Belarus poll elects no opposition members

    All seats in the new Belarusian parliament were won by loyalists of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko, in...

  2. September 21, 2012

    Lukashenko’s electoral grip hides frailties

    Looking for signs of Sunday’s parliamentary elections along Minsks’ central boulevards takes some doing. A few government...

  1. August 3, 2012

    Belarus hits back after teddy-bear invasion

    Belarus has expelled Sweden’s ambassador, days after firing two generals for failing to stop a Swedish advertising company...

  2. August 3, 2012

    Give peace a lift

    Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator of Belarus, does not have a great sense of humour at the best of times. However his nose...

  3. June 25, 2012

    Belarus government risks further isolation

    Three months before planned parliamentary elections, the authoritarian government of Belarus is returning to its favoured...

  4. March 19, 2012

    Belarus executions spark EU criticism

    The execution of two Belarusian men convicted of placing a bomb on the Minsk metro last April is drawing condemnation from...

  5. March 1, 2012

    Carnival spirit is not enough to change Russia

    Last Sunday I received an exuberant text message from Yulia, a 20-something public affairs manager for a big investment...

  6. March 1, 2012

    Defiant Belarus faces uncertain future

    “Dictator starts burning the last bridges. Normally does not end well.” This was how Carl Bildt, Swedish foreign minister,...

  7. February 28, 2012

    Belarus expels European ambassadors

    Belarus expelled the ambassador of the European Union and that of Poland on Tuesday, marking a fresh low in the strained...

  8. September 14, 2011

    IMF deals blow to prospect of Belarus aid

    The International Monetary Fund dealt a blow on Tuesday to the cash-strapped government of Belarus, saying that the country...

  9. September 3, 2011

    EU to increase pressure on Syrian regime

    The European Union plans to continue increasing pressure on the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, which is engaged in a...

  10. August 18, 2011

    Russia plans for a post-Soviet union

    Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the KGB-inspired coup that aimed to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist Soviet...

  11. August 2, 2011

    Belarus crackdown forces protest rethink

    A determined crackdown by the Belarusian police against even the smallest sign of dissent to the country’s authoritarian...

  12. August 2, 2011

    Poland urges Belarus transition talks

    Poland’s foreign minister has called for Alexander Lukashenko, authoritarian leader of Belarus, to start talks on a peaceful...

  13. July 23, 2011

    Eurepica. Challenge., Almeida Theatre, London

    Look at a British theatre programme, and you will often see that several members of the cast have appeared on television in...

  14. July 6, 2011

    Polish journalist convicted of libel

    A Belarusian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist and human rights activist to three years in prison for insulting the...

  15. June 9, 2011

    Russia halves electricity supply to Belarus

    Russia on Thursday ramped up pressure on an increasingly fragile Belarus, cutting the electricity it supplies to the...

  16. June 9, 2011

    Belarus reverses fuel rises after protests

    Motorists block a main street in Minsk in protest against fuel price rises Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s authoritarian...

  17. June 2, 2011

    Loans for Belarus

    Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus since 1994, represents the unacceptable face of post-communist...

  18. June 2, 2011

    IMF assesses Belarus bail-out plea

    Alexander Lukashenko has managed to stay in power for 17 years thanks in part to his ability to play Russia and the west off...

  19. June 2, 2011

    Belarus: shining light into a dark corner

    Even Stalinists are living beyond their means these days. In Belarus, a financial bubble largely created by its hardline...

  20. May 24, 2011

    Belarus devalues its currency

    Belarus on Tuesday lowered its official exchange rate against the dollar by 36 per cent, but analysts questioned whether...

  21. May 16, 2011

    Belarus jails opposition presidential candidate

    The harsh sentence of five years in a prison colony imposed on Belarusian presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov has sparked...

  22. April 20, 2011

    Poland reshapes ties with Germany

    Flying into Minsk late last year, Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, and Guido Westerwelle, his German...

  23. April 13, 2011

    Belarus opposition to be quizzed over bombing

    Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, said on Wednesday that the KGB would be questioning opposition leaders over...

  24. April 11, 2011

    Death toll from Minsk blast reaches 12

    A TV grab taken from Russian channel NTV shows damage from the explosion at the metro station in central Minsk The death...

  25. March 23, 2011

    Belarus to privatise 244 state-owned groups

    The authoritarian government of Belarus is to privatise 244 state-owned companies, including machine tool, power generating...

  26. March 10, 2011

    Belarus sentences three protesters

    Belarus continued its crackdown on opponents of the authoritarian regime on Thursday, with two Russians accused of taking...

  27. February 14, 2011

    Arab wave unlikely to hit former Soviet states

    The jubilant scenes on Cairo’s Tahrir Square that greeted the fall of Hosni Mubarak have been likened to those that...

  28. February 2, 2011

    Poland warns Belarus of revolt

    Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian ruler of Belarus, faces a popular uprising such as those taking place in north...

  29. January 31, 2011

    Time to hit Lukashenko where it hurts

    Following December’s fraudulent election, a brutal crackdown has only added further misery to Belarus’s beleaguered...

  30. January 31, 2011

    US and EU impose fresh sanctions on Belarus

    The US has imposed new financial and travel sanctions on Belarus in response to the government’s crackdown after December’s...

  31. January 23, 2011

    Greeting Karimov

    The regime of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov is one of the world’s nastier dictatorships. Several hundred Uzbeks died...

  32. January 21, 2011

    Belarusian president to be sworn in

    MINSK, January 21 – Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, will be sworn in on Friday in a ceremony boycotted by...

  33. January 17, 2011

    Belarus opposition regroups in Poland

    Riot police block opposition supporters during a rally in Minsk. Public demonstrations can result in swift arrest A dozen...

  34. January 17, 2011

    Fading reform hopes in east expose EU

    Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution may give heart to Arab pro-reform movements. But it seems unlikely to provide much succour to...

  35. January 12, 2011

    Dictator non grata

    For most of its 20-year existence as an independent, post-Soviet state, Belarus has richly deserved its reputation as...

  36. January 10, 2011

    EU eyes sanctions after tainted Minsk poll

    The European Union is preparing sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarus president, and other members of his...

  37. December 30, 2010

    Belarus rival candidates face charges

    Seven presidential candidates are facing serious criminal charges as Belarus’s authoritarian government continues its...

  38. December 23, 2010

    Belarus juggles lure of west and reliance on east

    When tens of thousands of outraged Belarusians took to the streets of Minsk to demand new and fair presidential elections,...

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