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Exiled Belarus opposition leader says she hasn’t heard from her imprisoned husband for over 400 days

May. 02, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus’ exiled opposition leader said Thursday that she hasn’t heard from her imprisoned husband for 421 days. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said holding her husband incommunicado is part of the government’s repressive policies. Siarhei...

Man awaiting trial for insulting Belarusian president dies in jail

Apr. 11, 2024 09:23 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Belarusian man who was in jail awaiting trial on charges of insulting the authoritarian president has died in custody, the country's leading human rights group said Thursday. Aliaksandr Kulinich, 51, died Tuesday in a detention center in the western city...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader demands news of her imprisoned husband

Mar. 08, 2024 11:13 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Friday marched to the country's embassy in Lithuania, holding a photo of her imprisoned husband and demanding information about him after a year of being incommunicado. Siarhei Tsikhanouski is...

Mourners honor woman who was raped and killed in Poland's capital after fleeing Belarus

Mar. 06, 2024 16:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Mourners in Poland paid tribute Wednesday evening to a young Belarusian woman who died after being attacked and raped on the streets of Warsaw last month, a crime that has shocked the country. In recent years, the Polish capital has become a hub for...

UN experts call on authorities in Belarus to pardon a cancer-stricken imprisoned opposition leader

Feb. 27, 2024 08:45 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Experts from the U.N. Human Rights Commission appealed to Belarusian authorities on Monday to pardon an opposition politician diagnosed with a severe form of cancer while in prison. Ryhor Kastusiou, 66, the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, or BPF,...

Belarus' election reinforces the authoritarian leader's 30-year rule. Only loyalists could run

Feb. 26, 2024 07:25 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday announced preliminary results from parliamentary and local elections in which only candidates loyal to the country's authoritarian leader were allowed to compete and the opposition called for a boycott. The vote further...

Belarusians vote in a tightly controlled election as the opposition calls for its boycott

Feb. 25, 2024 16:24 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Sunday's tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections in Belarus are set to cement the hard-line rule of the country’s authoritarian leader, despite a prominent opposition leader's call for a boycott. President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled...