Belarus Digest provides non-partisan analysis of Belarus-related events written by Belarusians specifically for an English-language readership. It is a project of Ostrogorski Centre, a think tank established by Western-educated Belarusians based in Belarus and the European Union.
Belarus Digest launched in 2008. Today our authors write on Belarus from Minsk, London, Boston, Berlin and Kyiv.
Belarus regime's conduct and poor reputation provides a fertile ground for all kinds of myths and speculations. Belarus Digest tries to de-mystify Belarus and write about what is actually going on in the country.
The project's contributors regularly appear as commentators on Belarus-related topics for leading international media such as BBC World TV, AlJazeera, Radio Liberty and others. If you wish to contribute to the project please use our contact form.
The team of regular Belarus Digest contributors includes:
Yarik Kryvoi is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of Belarus Digest. A Harvard Law School grad, Yarik has been working for international law firms and taught law in the United Kingdom, Russia, Belarus and the United States for over ten years. He is originally from Minsk, Belarus and is currently a Professor of Law at the University of West London. His web site is kryvoi.net and he tweets at Follow @kryvoi / All articles/
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Volha Charnysh is the Executive Editor of Belarus Digest and a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University. Her dissertation focuses on the long-term effects of forced migration on economic and political development. Volha is an alumna of Smith College and comes from Hrodna, Belarus. Her personal web site is charnysh.net. Her twitter is Follow @vcharnysh / All articles/
Siarhei Bohdan is an associate analyst of the Ostrogorski Centre and an alumnus of Belarus State University and European Humanities University in Lithuania. In 1999-2011, he worked with Nasha Niva, a Belarusian independent weekly. Siarhei comes from Maladechna, Belarus. /All articles/
Ryhor Astapenia is Development Director at the Ostrogorski Centre. He also edits the Belarusian internet magazine Idea and coordinates the BelarusProfile.com project. Ryhor is currently working on his PhD at the University of Warsaw and advises civil society organisations in Belarus. He is originally from Salihorsk, Belarus. Follow @RyhorAstapenia / All articles/
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Vadzim Smok is the Ostrogorski Centre coordinator in Belarus and researcher at the Institute of Political Studies 'Political Sphere' based in Minsk and Vilnius. Originally from Hrodna and he currently lives in Minsk. Vadzim has a BA and an MA in Political Science from European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. His main research interest cover comparative politics, political institutions and local and regional politics. /All articles/
Igar Gubarevich is a senior analyst of the Ostrogorski Centre based in Minsk. He grew up in Bielaaziorsk in Brest region and graduated with honours from the Minsk State Institute of Foreign Languages. In 1993 – 2006, Igar worked in various diplomatic positions at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, including postings in New York and Paris. His twitter is Follow @IgarGubarevich / All articles/
Stephen Hall is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. Born in England, Stephen Hall is currently at University College London at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) doing his PhD centred on the concept of authoritarian learning. He holds a Master of Research degree from the University of Birmingham Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies.
Artyom Shraibman is originally from Homel, he holds an LLB in International law from Belarusian State University. Artyom is a political correspondent and editor working for a major Belarusian informational portal TUT.BY in Minsk. He has completed internships with the German Bundestag, the newspaper "Belarusians and the Market" and worked as political correspondent at leading independent Belarusian news agency, BelaPAN. His twitter is Follow @A_Shraibman /All articles/
Lizaveta Kasmach is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her areas of specialisation include Belarusian history of the 20th century, Soviet and post-Soviet history, and nationalism. She holds an MA degree in History and Politics from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany and a BA degree in Translation Studies from the Minsk State Linguistic University. Originally Lizaveta is from Maladziečna, Belarus. /All articles/
Galina Dzesiatava is a contributor to Belarus Digest on the topics of gender equality, women’s rights, migration, and travel. She holds a Master Degree from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, USA. She currently works for a Boston-based NGO specializing in abuser education programmes, and consults for UN Agencies. Galina holds a BA degree in linguistics from Minsk State Linguistic University and is originally from both Homyel and Brest. /All articles/
Eimear O'Casey is a language editor on Belarus Digest. She is currently a political and security analyst on the former Soviet Union, based at a risk consultancy in London. She has lived and travelled throughout the region, and observed elections in Belarus in 2010 and 2012.
Jeremy Coppock is a language editor on Belarus Digest. He holds a BA in Slavic Languages from the University of Washington and is currently working on an International MA in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow and Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He was a Fulbright fellow at the Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk and has also worked in Moscow.
Aliaksandr Filipau is the Dean of Extended Education Faculty at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts and an expert at the Discussion and Analytical Society Liberal Club. He has a PhD in Political Science from the Academy of Public Administration in Minsk. In 2009-2013, he worked as Senior Analyst at the Information-Analytical Center under the Administration of the President of Belarus. The areas of his research interests: public administration, international relations, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, Belarusian public policy.