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  1. March 24, 2014

    Russian moves unsettle neighbours in Central Asia and Caucasus

    When Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, on Sunday broke ranks with Moscow to criticise its annexation of Crimea as...

  2. March 23, 2014

    Belarus, a close Russia ally, criticises Putin’s Crimea grab

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea has provoked unease among one of its closest allies, with Alexander Lukashenko, the...

  1. January 7, 2014

    Putin’s attempt to recreate the Soviet empire is futile

    According to Vladimir Putin, the “Eurasian Union” that the Kremlin hopes to forge with two of Russia’s southwestern...

  2. beyondbrics

    January 6, 2014

    Russia rewards Belarus with $2bn and ice hockey friendship

    Russia continues its ‘funding-for-loyalty’ initiatives aimed at former Soviet states. Just after Ukraine agreed a $20bn...

  3. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2013

    Belarus's Lukashenko: looking for a lifeline

    Russian financial aid often comes with strings attached, and pumping Russian money into a dysfunctional economy only helps...

  4. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    Guest post: Belarus gets jealous of Putin's cut for Ukraine

    By Anna Maria Dyner and Ievgen Vorobiov of PISM The deal announced by presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Viktor...

  5. beyondbrics

    November 18, 2013

    Belarus vs Uralkali: light at end of tunnel?

    It’s official: billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, formerly the main shareholder of Uralkali, the Russian potash miner, has sold...

  6. November 18, 2013

    Suleiman Kerimov sells stake in Uralkali to Mikhail Prokhorov

    Suleiman Kerimov, the Russian oligarch and largest shareholder of the world’s largest potash miner Uralkali, has agreed to...

  7. October 14, 2013

    Moscow launches probe of Uralkali chief

    The “Potash War” between Russia and Belarus took an unexpected turn on Monday when Russian police launched a probe into the...

  8. September 26, 2013

    Uralkali chief moves from Belarus jail to house arrest

    Vladislav Baumgertner, chief executive of Russian fertiliser group Uralkali, has been moved from jail to house arrest in...

  9. September 20, 2013

    Kremlin says Uralkali chief may be released soon

    Vladislav Baumgertner, the jailed Uralkali executive, may soon be extradited back from Belarus to Russia, the Kremlin said...

  10. beyondbrics

    September 20, 2013

    Belarus makes room for deal with Russia in potash saga

    Lukashenko speaks Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s president, has broken his unusual reticence about the ongoing potash fight...

  11. August 30, 2013

    Kremlin official tells Belarus it must release businessman

    Russia increased the pressure on Belarus on Friday as the row over the arrest of a prominent businessman intensified, with a...

  12. July 31, 2013

    Questions hang over Uralkali

    Since Uralkali announced it would leave the Belarussian Potash Company export cartel – spooking markets, blind-sighting...

  13. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2013

    Belarus gets a shot of Chinese investment

    A downturn in new auto sales in Russia this year has not deterred Zheijing Geely Holding. The Chinese car maker has entered...

  14. July 22, 2013

    Belarus looks to China for investment in infrastructure

    “Here is where we are on the plan,” said Alexei Semenenkov, poking a finger at a colourful zoning map and peering into the...

  15. beyondbrics

    April 25, 2013

    Belarus goes to the WTO - with Russia’s support

    Belarus wants to join the World Trade Organization. And it wants to do so as soon as possible. However, it is no secret that...

  16. beyondbrics

    April 18, 2013

    Belarus: cash needed fast, but where from?

    We need more than that Belarus is in a tight spot. The country has reached a peak in foreign government debt repayments and...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 6, 2012

    Belarus: Alfa looks to double down

    The influence of Russia in Belarus’ banking sector is easily spotted. All of Russia’s major banks have subsidiaries in the...

  18. 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...

  19. beyondbrics

    September 21, 2012

    Russia's WTO entry: Belarus loses out

    In most cases joining the World Trade Organisation does an economy good, opening a country to expanded international trade,...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. beyondbrics

    July 5, 2012

    Belarus potash: the Swiss connection

    Lukashenko To put it mildly, Belarusian companies are not in favour in the EU and the US. Thanks to the authoritarian nature...

  23. June 25, 2012

    Belarus government risks further isolation

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

  24. April 15, 2012

    Belarus frees opposition leader

    Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov has been unexpectedly released from prison...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. beyondbrics

    February 22, 2012

    Belarus's salary dilemma

    Alexander Lukashenko wants average salaries in Belarus to go up – and what the authoritarian leader wants, he usually gets,...

  29. November 30, 2011

    Minsk metro bombers sentenced to death

    Two men convicted of detonating a bomb in the Minsk underground that killed 15 people and injured 200 in April have been...

  30. October 6, 2011

    Putin’s Eurasian push challenges west

    A new battle for hearts and minds is being waged in the republics of the former Soviet Union – and the west is in danger of...

  31. beyondbrics

    September 19, 2011

    Belarus: singing China's praises

    The tottering eurozone may be looking for help from cash-rich emerging markets, but the first country to get a taste of Bric...

  32. beyondbrics

    September 19, 2011

    [snap]: China throws Belarus a lifeline

    Is Belarus a better punt than Greece? China seems to think so. Just days after Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister,...

  33. beyondbrics

    September 15, 2011

    Further reading: free lunch

    Thursday’s top picks from the beyondbrics team: why there will be no free Chinese lunch for Europe; what to expect from...

  34. 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...

  35. beyondbrics

    September 6, 2011

    Belarus rouble to fall 'up to 50%'

    The cash-strapped Belarusian’s government’s decision to stop supporting its currency later this month could see the rouble...

  36. beyondbrics

    August 30, 2011

    [snap]: Belarus floats rouble

    Belarus will allow its rouble to float freely from the middle of September, president Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday...

  37. 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...

  38. August 18, 2011

    Former USSR: A democratic deficit

    Shortly after 6am on August 19 1991, Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania’s pro-independence leader, received a phone call. A...

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