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Belarus court gives opposition activists lengthy sentences

Sep. 06, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced two leading opposition activists to lengthy prison terms, the latest move in the relentless crackdown that Belarusian authorities have unleashed on dissent in the wake of last year’s anti-government protests. ...

Leader says Belarus expects big shipment of Russian weapons

Sep. 01, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus said Wednesday that the country will soon receive a large batch of Russian weapons, including dozens of combat jets, helicopters and top-of-the-line air defense missile systems. President Alexander Lukashenko...

Lithuanian migrant crisis enters new phase as influx ceases

Aug. 14, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — An influx of migrants from Iraq and elsewhere into Lithuania allegedly abetted by neighboring Belarus appears to have stopped, but with a pile of asylum applications to process and local communities angry about nearby migrant camps, the Lithuanian government faces...

Belarus denies entry to US ambassador, cuts US Embassy staff

Aug. 11, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday rescinded its permission for the U.S. ambassador's appointment and told the U.S. to cut its embassy staff in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions. President Joe Biden's administration slapped Belarus with new sanctions...

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...

Belarus runner used quick thinking to avoid being sent home

Aug. 05, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals back home after publicly criticizing her coaches at the Tokyo Games used quick thinking to get help, using her phone to translate a plea and show it to Japanese police as she tried to avoid being forced onto a plane. ...

Head of group for exiled Belarusians found hanged in Ukraine

Aug. 03, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found...

UK 'on your side', Johnson tells Belarus opposition leader

Aug. 03, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Tuesday with the Belarusian opposition leader at his office in London, saying the U.K. is “on her side" and committed to supporting human rights in her country. Johnson told Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya that Britain is “very much...

Belarus opposition leader seeks new US, European sanctions

Jul. 29, 2021 06:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of Belarus’ embattled opposition hopes the United States and Europe will impose new sanctions on money-making government enterprises that will lead to the collapse of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and a peaceful transition that pro-democracy...