Latest Alexander Lukashenko News

Jailed Nobel laureate Bialiatski barred from sending speech

Dec. 08, 2022 13:29 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Imprisoned Belarusian human rights campaigner Ales Bialiatski, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with rights groups in Russia and Ukraine, hasn't been allowed by Belarus authorities to hand over his speech for the award ceremony, his wife said Thursday. ...

Belarus opposition figure returned to prison after surgery

Dec. 05, 2022 12:27 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping stage anti-government protests, was taken back to prison after undergoing an operation for a perforated ulcer, her father said Monday. Alexander...

Russia rejects $60-a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

Dec. 03, 2022 16:03 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian authorities rejected a price cap on the country's oil set by Ukraine’s Western supporters and threatened Saturday to stop supplying the nations that endorsed it. Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, the United States and the 27-nation European Union...

Imprisoned Belarusian activist undergoes surgery

Nov. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping stage anti-government protests had undergone an undisclosed surgical procedure, her father said Wednesday. Alexander Kolesnikov said his daughter, Maria...

Imprisoned Belarus activist taken to hospital emergency unit

Nov. 29, 2022 14:15 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping organize anti-government protests was taken to a hospital emergency department and underwent surgery, her father said Tuesday. Alexander Kolesnikov said his...

Belarus' top diplomat buried as his death raises suspicions

Nov. 29, 2022 14:10 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus on Tuesday held a state funeral for its foreign minister who died suddenly at age 64, triggering speculation about possible foul play in his death after he leaned toward Western countries. Belarusian authorities didn't give the cause of Vladimir...

Belarus' top diplomat, ally to president, dies at 64

Nov. 26, 2022 17:13 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a longtime associate of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64. Belarusian authorities didn't name the cause of death. Makei wasn't known to suffer from any chronic illness. ...

A 'barbed wire curtain' rises in Europe amid war in Ukraine

Nov. 17, 2022 08:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The long border between Finland and Russia runs through thick forests and is marked only by wooden posts with low fences meant to stop stray cattle. Soon, a stronger, higher fence will be erected on parts of the frontier. Earlier this month, Polish soldiers...

Zelenskyy says Ukrainian special military units in Kherson

Nov. 11, 2022 16:22 PM EST

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president said Friday that special military units have entered Kherson, a major regional capital that Russian forces had captured early in the war. Residents took to the streets to celebrate Russia's withdrawal, the latest pullback by Moscow as it faces...

Migrant border crossings rise at Poland-Belarus border

Nov. 04, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Polish border service on Friday reported an increase in the number of Middle Eastern migrants trying to illegally cross into the European Union at the border of Belarus and Poland. In the past 24 hours, border agents detained 117 migrants from Syria,...