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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...

    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...

    2. June 25, 2012

      Belarus government risks further isolation

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

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. April 12, 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...

    17. 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...

    18. March 10, 2011

      Belarus sentences three protesters

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

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. December 30, 2010

      Belarus rival candidates face charges

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

    26. 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...

    27. December 20, 2010

      Hundreds arrested in Belarus protests

      Policemen arrest an activist of Mlady Front, a Belarus youth organisation, during a rally in Minsk on Monday Police in...

    28. December 20, 2010

      Protesters demand fresh Belarus poll

      Opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev is carried away by his supporters after being beaten by police, according to...

    29. December 17, 2010

      Oil deal boosts Lukashenko election hopes

      Alexander Lukashenko, often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, has clung to power in Belarus since 1994 by using a...

    30. June 25, 2010

      Putin has the last word in gas dispute

      Beyond Brics (Courtney Weaver): While Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, was in his element in the US on Thursday,...

    31. June 24, 2010

      Belarus threatens to shut off oil and gas flows

      Belarus has threatened to shut off all Russian oil and gas flows to Europe today. The warning came as Lithuania...

    32. June 23, 2010

      Belarus set to disrupt gas flows to Europe

      Belarus threatened to shut off all Russian oil and gas flows to Europe from Thursday as Lithuania reported the first...

    33. June 23, 2010

      Belarus cuts gas transit routes to Europe

      Belarus announced yesterday it would cut off all gas transits to the rest of Europe as president Alexander Lukashenko...

    34. June 23, 2010

      Belarus to cut off gas transits

      Belarus announced yesterday it would cut off all gas transits to the rest of Europe as Alexander Lukashenko, president,...

    35. April 21, 2010

      Belarus grants Bakiyev asylum

      The former president of Kyrgyzstan, who left his country last week after being ousted in a violent revolt, has been...

    36. February 16, 2010

      Poland warns Belarus on crackdown

      A crackdown by Belarusian authorities against the leaders of the former Soviet republic's Polish minority is prompting...

    37. December 8, 2009

      Belarus jaunt

      Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): It passed largely unnoticed by the outside world, but perhaps the most intriguing event in...

    38. November 13, 2009

      Behemoths in Belarus belie stalling economy

      The parking lots of Belarusian heavy truckmaker Belaz offer a hard-to-miss clue to how the ex-Soviet republic is...

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