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Belarus leader denies repression a year after disputed vote

Aug. 09, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Monday denied that his government unleashed massive repression of dissent after his re-election a year ago triggered a monthslong wave of mass protests, even as his law enforcement officials admitted receiving nearly 5,000 complaints...

Belarus sees a year of fierce repression after disputed vote

Aug. 08, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities long ago removed the makeshift memorial to a protester shot by police at the start of last year's massive protests against the country's autocratic president, replacing flowers and placards with a garbage can. Alexander...

EXPLAINER: What is behind Belarus athlete's Olympics crisis?

Aug. 04, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A feud between Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya and team officials that prompted her to seek refuge in the European Union has again cast a spotlight on the repressive environment in the athlete's home country, an ex-Soviet nation where authorities...

Belarus labels Polish-funded TV channel extremist

Jul. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Tuesday declared a Polish-funded television channel that extensively covered last year's anti-government protests in the country extremist, the latest move in a sweeping crackdown on independent media and civil society activists. ...

Belarus shuts more civil society groups in wide crackdown

Jul. 23, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced the closure of 15 nongovernmental organizations, part of a sweeping crackdown on independent media and civil society activists that includes shutting dozens of NGOs. The groups ordered to close include the...

Belarus leader vows to keep up raids of NGOs, media outlets

Jul. 22, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The longtime leader of Belarus vowed Thursday to continue a crackdown on civil society activists he regards as “bandits and foreign agents.” President Alexander Lukashenko chided officials in his administration for allowing the operation of...

Belarus authorities move to shut top journalist association

Jul. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus moved Wednesday to outlaw the country's leading journalists' association, part of a sweeping crackdown on independent media and civil society activists in the ex-Soviet nation. The Justice Ministry asked the country's highest...

Belarus arrests 3 journalists in continuing media crackdown

Jul. 19, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus raided offices of an independent newspaper and detained three of its journalists Monday as part of a relentless crackdown on media outlets and civil society activists. Alyaksandr Mantsevich, the editor of the Regionalnaya...