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Belarus leader bristles at criminal complaint in Germany

May. 07, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Friday bristled at a criminal complaint filed against him in Germany over his violent crackdown on protests that broke out after his disputed re-election in August. President Alexander Lukashenko charged that...

Belarus opposition leader in Slovenia before EU presidency

May. 03, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The exiled Belarusian opposition leader on Monday called for sustained international focus on the struggle for democracy in her country against long-ruling authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke during...

Belarus Olympian to go on hunger strike as political protest

Apr. 30, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An Olympic silver medalist who is one of Belarus’ most lauded athletes says he is going on a 10-day hunger strike to support victims of political repression in the country. Andrei Krauchanka, who medaled in the decathlon at the 2008 Games in...

Police in Belarus block rally marking Chernobyl anniversary

Apr. 26, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday enforced tight security measures to prevent an opposition rally marking the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. The military and police flooded the center of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, blocking...

Belarus leader seeks to empower son in succession move

Apr. 24, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian leader says he will change the law on presidential succession so that power in the Eastern European nation will be transferred if he dies to the national security council where his son plays a prominent role. Many observers...

Belarus leader in Moscow for talks on closer ties

Apr. 22, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Belarusian counterpart on Thursday for talks on closer integration between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, discussions that were criticized by the Belarusian opposition. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has...

Putin vows a 'quick and tough' Russian response for its foes

Apr. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia's security interests, saying Moscow's response will be “quick and tough” and make the culprits bitterly sorry for their action. The warning during...

US ambassador to Belarus meets exiled opposition leader

Apr. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — New United States ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher met with the country's exiled opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in neighboring Lithuania’s capital on Wednesday. The meeting took place in Vilnius, where Tsikhanouskaya moved under...

Belarus decries sanctions US reimposed on 9 state companies

Apr. 20, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed regret over sanctions that the United States reimposed on nine state-owned companies in the ex-Soviet country, citing human rights violations. Belarus has become a target of Western sanctions after...

Russia arrests two alleged Belarus coup plotters

Apr. 17, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s main security agency says it has arrested two Belarusians who it said were preparing a plot to overthrow Belarus’ government and kill authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. One of the men arrested, Aleksandr Feduta, was Lukahsenko’s...