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, Berlin and Stockholm.
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 works as a legal academic in London. His web site is kryvoi.net and he tweets at @kryvoi / 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. @RyhorAstapenia / All articles/
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 @IgarGubarevich / All articles/
Paula Borowska is currently completing a PhD on Protestant minorities in Belarus and Ukraine at King's College London. She explores the modes of their engagement with civil society. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe from the University of Bologna. Her twitter is @borowska_by Her web site is borowska.net / All articles/
Alesia Rudnik is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. She obtained a BA in Political and Social Sciences at the European Humanities University. Currently, she is writing a master's thesis at Stockholms University. Alesia is also a lecturer at the Golden Age University in Hrodna. She has an experience of work in non-governmental organisations and international election observation mission. / All articles/
Lizaveta Kasmach holds a PhD in History from 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/
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. /All articles/
Arseni Sivitski is the director of Minsk-based Centre for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies. Arseni has MA in Philosophy and is doing his PhD thesis in Social Philosophy. He also works as junior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Belarusian National Academy of Science. He is a military officer in reserve and a member of the Military-Scientific Society under the Central Officers’ Club of the Belarusian Armed Forces. Arseni comes from Minsk, Belarus. @strategistars /All articles/
Dzmitry Mitskevich is an analyst of Belarus Security Blog. He also edits 'Varta', the Belarusian magazine on national security. Originally from Mazyr, he currently lives in Minsk. His fields of interests include information warfare, propaganda, international politics and fighting terrorism. /All articles/