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Belarus cracks down on clergy who supported protests of its authoritarian leader

Feb. 23, 2024 05:09 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Rev. Viachaslau Barok was a familiar face in Rasony, a town in northern Belarus near the Russian border, overseeing construction of its Roman Catholic church and celebrating Mass daily for two decades. He got into trouble in December 2020, the height of...

Yulia Navalnaya once avoided the limelight. Now she's Russia’s newest opposition leader

Feb. 22, 2024 10:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Yulia Navalnaya used to avoid the cameras, staying in the background while her husband rose to become Russia’s most prominent opposition figure and President Vladimir Putin’s greatest foe. But following the death in prison last week of Alexei Navalny, she stepped...

European diplomats have condemned the closed-door trial of a Catholic activist in Belarus

Feb. 21, 2024 12:22 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — European diplomats in Belarus have condemned the trial of a Catholic activist in Minsk as “unfair” and “politically motivated.” Uladzislau Beladzed's trial began behind closed doors at Minsk City Court on Wednesday. The 33-year-old...

Lithuania to close 2 more checkpoints with Russian ally Belarus as tensions along the border rise

Feb. 21, 2024 09:57 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania decided Wednesday to seal off another two of its six checkpoints with Belarus as of next month, amid growing tensions with its eastern neighbor, an ally of Russia. This brings the total of closed border crossings into the Baltic country to four. ...

As Belarus votes in tightly controlled elections, its leader accuses the West of fueling unrest

Feb. 20, 2024 15:33 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus on Tuesday accused the West of trying to foment protests during parliamentary and local elections this month in order to undermine his rule, while the country's opposition leader-in-exile denounced the vote as a “cynical farce” and...

The family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure hasn't heard from her for a year

Feb. 14, 2024 15:38 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It’s been a year since the family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova received a letter from her, and no one has seen or heard from her since then, her relatives and Western officials said Wednesday. Kolesnikova, who is serving 11...

Belarusian journalist accused of being in an extremist group after covering protests gets prison

Jan. 30, 2024 10:23 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Belarusian journalist was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday on an extremism charge related to his work covering protests, the latest move in a sweeping government crackdown on dissent. The Minsk City Court convicted photojournalist Alyaksandr...

Putin and Lukashenko meet in St Petersburg to discuss ways to expand the Russia-Belarus alliance

Jan. 29, 2024 10:55 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus met Monday to discuss ways to further expand their close alliance that has seen the deployment of some of Russia's nuclear weapons on the territory of its neighbor. President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia and...

Russia marks 80 years since breaking the Nazi siege of Leningrad

Jan. 27, 2024 12:25 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian city of St. Petersburg on Saturday marked the 80th anniversary of the end of a devastating World War II siege by Nazi forces with a series of memorial events attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and close allies. The Kremlin leader...

Rights group reports more arrests as Belarus intensifies crackdown on dissent

Jan. 25, 2024 15:21 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A rights group on Thursday reported dozens more home raids and arrests across Belarus in the latest intensification of a years-long crackdown on dissent in the country of 9.5 million people. The Viasna human rights center said it knew of at least 159 people...