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Belarus expands death penalty law, ups threat to opposition

May. 18, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday expanded the death penalty law to include “attempted terrorism,” in a move that could radically ramp up the government's pressure on the country's beleaguered opposition. Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law...

The AP Interview: Belarus admits Russia's war 'drags on'

May. 05, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, but he said he didn’t expect the 10-week-old conflict to “drag on this way.” He also spoke out against ...

Stanislav Shushkevich, post-Soviet leader of Belarus, dies

May. 04, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Stanislav Shushkevich, who steered Belarus to independence, served as its first leader and is reported to have taught Russian to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. Shushkevich died early Wednesday, according to his...

Belarus launches new crackdown on activists, journalists

Apr. 20, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authorities in Belarus have conducted a new wave of searches and arrests of union activists and independent journalists, a leading human rights group said Wednesday. At least 16 people have been arrested in Minsk, Grodno, Borisov and other Belarusian...

Live updates: US plans to revoke Russia favored trade status

Mar. 10, 2022 22:46 PM EST

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will announce Friday that, along with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries, the U.S. will move to revoke “most favored nation” trade status for Russia over its invasion of...

Belarus sheds neutral status in vote critics call rigged

Feb. 28, 2022 15:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities say more than half of the country's voters approved constitutional reforms that would allow its authoritarian leader to stay in power until 2035 and open the way for stronger military cooperation with Russia, while the Belarusian opposition denounced...

Belarus holds constitutional vote as crisis in Ukraine rages

Feb. 27, 2022 06:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusians cast ballots Sunday in a constitutional referendum that the country's authoritarian leader called to cement his 27-year old grip on power, even as he offers the country's territory to his ally Russia to invade Ukraine. Belarusian President Alexander...