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.
On 20 June, during the 2017 Le Bourget international air show which took place near Paris, France, Belarus signed a contract for a batch of 12 Su-30SM fighters from Russia. The contract supposedly amounts to around $600m.
The Su-30SM is a modernised version of the Su-30MKI model of fighter aircraft, which was specially designed for the Russian Air...
On 21 March 2017, the Belarusian authorities began a programme of repression against civil society activists, which is still ongoing. These measures followed mass protests of the population against the unpopular economic policies of the government, including the famous decree on 'social parasites'.
The work of the state propaganda machine goes hand in hand with this process. It...