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Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya listens, during a bilateral visit, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Tsikhanouskaya met with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.  (Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency via AP)

Belarus opposition to compile 'book of crimes'

Dec. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' opposition will compile a register of law enforcement officers accused of abuses against peaceful demonstrators protesting the reelection of the country's authoritarian leader, an opposition leader said Tuesday. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition challenger in...

Demonstrators, some of them wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus attend an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. A human rights group in Belarus says over 180 people have been detained during Sunday protests against the country's authoritarian president, who won his sixth term in office in a vote widely seen as rigged.  (AP Photo)

Over 300 detained in Belarus during anti-government protests

Nov. 29, 2020 12:35 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A human rights group in Belarus says over 300 people have been detained during Sunday protests against the country’s authoritarian president, who won his sixth term in office in a vote widely seen as rigged. The protests took place in Minsk, the capital, and other cities and...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, Belarus guard Lindsey Harding (12) controls the rebound next to teammate Yelena Leuchanka, center, and Australia center Liz Cambage, rear, during the second half of a women's basketball game at the Youth Center at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been a difficult last few months for former Belarus star basketball player Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she has been in Greece. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Ex-WNBA player reflects on jail time after Belarus protest

Nov. 24, 2020 2:43 PM EST

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election, and then contracted the coronavirus this month while in Greece. “I couldn’t be...

Belarusian pensioners wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus attend an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.  Large crowds of retirees have protested in the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election. Over 2,000 pensioners marched down a central avenue in Minsk in what has turned into a regular Monday rally. (AP Photo)

Belarus pensioners march demanding leader's resignation

Nov. 23, 2020 12:49 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of retirees staged a protest in the Belarusian capital on Monday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth terms in office in a disputed election. Over 2,000 pensioners were estimated to have marched down a central avenue in Minsk in...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus gestures as she attends a pensioners' opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Crowds of retirees marched down the streets of the Belarusian capital on Monday, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president and to end the government crackdown on peaceful protesters. (AP Photo)

Retirees protest Belarus leader on 100th day since vote

Nov. 16, 2020 11:50 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of retirees marched Monday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, marking 100 days since mass protests began and became an almost-daily feature of life in the country after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in a widely disputed election. More than...

People gather to honor 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka, who died Thursday at a Minsk hospital after several hours of surgery due to serious injuries in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Thousands of people have rallied in Belarus on Friday following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who died in a hospital after he was reportedly beaten by security forces, and the European Union condemned the continued violent crackdown that Belarusian authorities have waged on peaceful protesters. (AP Photo)

Outrage in Belarus, EU after opposition supporter death

Nov. 13, 2020 12:39 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in Belarus on Friday following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who reportedly was beaten by security forces, and the European Union condemned the violent crackdown that Belarusian authorities have continued to enforce against peaceful...

Police detain a man during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Club-swinging police went after demonstrators in the Belarusian capital who were demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president on Sunday, the 90th consecutive day of protests in the country. Human rights activists said nearly 400 people were arrested. (AP Photo)

Club-wielding police in Belarus arrest over 500 protesters

Nov. 8, 2020 12:33 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Club-swinging police went after demonstrators in Belarus' capital who were demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president on Sunday, the 90th consecutive day of protests. Human rights activists said hundreds of people were arrested. Thousands of demonstrators...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, welcomes Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya before a meeting at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Disabled hold rally in Belarus to demand president step down

Nov. 5, 2020 3:09 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than 200 disabled people rallied in Belarus' capital Thursday, continuing a nearly three-month wave of protests triggered by the disputed reelection of the country's authoritarian leader. They demonstrated in Minsk’s central avenue chanting “Go away!” and...

Police detain a demonstrator during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Some thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of the Belarus' capital on Sunday, demanding the resignation of the country's longtime authoritarian leader, and were met with police firing warning shots into the air and using stun grenades to break up the crowds.  (AP Photo)

Western nations decry Belarus crackdown at UN rights review

Nov. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Western nations decried arbitrary arrests and other forms of repression in Belarus during a review of its record at the U.N.’s top human rights body on Monday, with the U.S. ambassador calling on authorities there to halt a “brutal crackdown.” The comments on Belarus came...

People help a woman after she collided with a police during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, the continuing rallies have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo)

Thousands protest in Belarus amid continued crackdown

Nov. 1, 2020 5:32 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets of the capital to demand the resignation of the country's longtime president for the 13th straight Sunday and encountered police using stun grenades to break up the crowds and making warning shots in the air from what authorities...