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As Belarus votes in tightly controlled elections, its leader accuses the West of fueling unrest

Feb. 20, 2024 15:33 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus on Tuesday accused the West of trying to foment protests during parliamentary and local elections this month in order to undermine his rule, while the country's opposition leader-in-exile denounced the vote as a “cynical farce” and...

Most of Russia’s opposition is either dead, in exile abroad or in prison at home. What happens now?

Feb. 19, 2024 09:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Alexei Navalny was asked four years ago what he'd tell Russians if he were killed for challenging President Vladimir Putin. “You’re not allowed to give up,” he told a documentary maker. “If they decide to kill me, it means we are incredibly strong and we need...

Death of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny provokes Western outrage but few concrete actions to stop Putin

Feb. 17, 2024 17:15 PM EST

As outrage over the death of chief Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny reverberates across the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning a deaf ear to Western anger as he prepares to extend his 24-year rule in an election next month and police across Russia continue to squelch any protest attempts....

Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny's team confirms his death and says his mother is searching for his body

Feb. 17, 2024 16:38 PM EST

Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson confirmed Saturday that the Russian opposition leader had died at a remote Arctic penal colony, saying he was “murdered," but it was unclear where his body was as his family and friends searched for answers. Navalny's death at age 47 has deprived the...

Polish prime minister says his country and Finland want changes on EU border policies on migration

Feb. 16, 2024 06:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister said on Friday that his country will upgrade the wall on its border with Belarus to better insulate the frontier against unauthorized migration. Donald Tusk also said that Poland and Finland both see the need for changes in the...

The family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure hasn't heard from her for a year

Feb. 14, 2024 15:38 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It’s been a year since the family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova received a letter from her, and no one has seen or heard from her since then, her relatives and Western officials said Wednesday. Kolesnikova, who is serving 11...

Putin and Lukashenko meet in St Petersburg to discuss ways to expand the Russia-Belarus alliance

Jan. 29, 2024 10:55 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus met Monday to discuss ways to further expand their close alliance that has seen the deployment of some of Russia's nuclear weapons on the territory of its neighbor. President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia and...

Aryna Sabalenka wins second straight Australian Open title, beating Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2

Jan. 27, 2024 17:25 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In the back of her mind Aryna Sabalenka didn't want to be, in her words, that player who wins a major title and disappears. Winning her first Grand Slam crown in Australia a year ago gave Sabalenka the confidence she could do it again. Losing the U.S....

Rights group reports more arrests as Belarus intensifies crackdown on dissent

Jan. 25, 2024 15:21 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A rights group on Thursday reported dozens more home raids and arrests across Belarus in the latest intensification of a years-long crackdown on dissent in the country of 9.5 million people. The Viasna human rights center said it knew of at least 159 people...

Months out from Paris Olympics, Russians are qualifying in some sports and absent in others

Jan. 25, 2024 11:54 AM EST

With just six months to go until the Paris Olympics, it's still not clear if Russians will be competing and, if so, how many. Russians are qualifying for Olympic spots as “neutral athletes” in combat events such as judo and wrestling, but not in some of the Games' highest-profile...