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A year ago, Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin challenged the Kremlin with a mutiny

Jun. 22, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

On a lazy summer weekend a year ago, Russia was jolted by the stunning news of an armed uprising. The swaggering chief of a Kremlin-sponsored mercenary army seized a military headquarters in the south and began marching toward Moscow to oust the Defense Ministry’s leaders, accusing them of...

An exiled Belarus opposition figure is sentenced in absentia to 20 years

Jun. 21, 2024 12:25 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A court in Belarus has sentenced a top opposition figure living in exile to 20 years in absentia, the latest in a yearslong crackdown on dissent in the country. The court in the capital Minsk passed the sentence late Thursday on Franak Viachorka — an...

Serbian court rules to extradite to Belarus a critic of its authoritarian regime

Jun. 14, 2024 15:04 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court has ruled to extradite a Belarusian filmmaker and pro-democracy political activist to the authoritarian government in Minsk where he could face prison and torture, his lawyers and supporters said Friday. He is wanted in Belarus for alleged tax evasion. ...

Poland reintroduces restrictions on accessing areas along Belarus border due to migration pressure

Jun. 13, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Thursday reintroduced restrictions on movement along parts of the border with Belarus because of increased migration pressure that has involved violence against Polish security officials. The ban taking effect Thursday will be valid for 90 days and...

Poland honors soldier who was fatally stabbed by migrant at border with Belarus

Jun. 12, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Sirens wailed and lawmakers in the Polish parliament observed a minute of silence on Wednesday to honor a young soldier who was fatally stabbed at the Polish-Belarusian border during a migration crisis that Poland says has been engineered by Russia and Belarus. ...

Russia, Belarus launch a second stage of drills to train troops in tactical nuclear weapons

Jun. 11, 2024 09:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and its ally Belarus on Tuesday launched a second stage of drills intended to train their troops in tactical nuclear weapons, part of the Kremlin's efforts to discourage the West from ramping up support for Ukraine. In announcing the nuclear maneuvers last...

Belarus says it will investigate a Polish soldier's death if Warsaw sends information

Jun. 07, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities said Friday they are willing to investigate the death of a Polish soldier who was stabbed at the border last month, but have not received necessary information from Poland. A statement from the country’s border service said it would...

UN calls on Belarus to investigate torture and death of politicial prisoners

Jun. 06, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — United Nations special representatives on human rights have called on Belarusian authorities to investigate the torture and deaths of political prisoners. A report produced by the UN special rapporteur for Belarus says five people who have died in custody in...

Polish soldier stabbed at the Belarus border dies of his injuries as pressure from migrants rises

Jun. 06, 2024 14:23 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish soldier who was stabbed last month at the eastern border with Belarus has died, Poland's military said Thursday. It said earlier the soldier was stabbed in the chest by a migrant who reached through the bars of the border barrier. The soldier was...

Polish military says that a soldier stabbed last month from behind a barrier at the border with Belarus has died

Jun. 06, 2024 09:47 AM EDT
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish military says that a soldier stabbed last month from behind a barrier at the border with Belarus has died.