31 October 2014
The Belarusian economy received the brunt of the Western press' attention in October. Belarus is apparently looking to continue exporting sanctioned EU foodstuffs to Russia, while Russia is trying to stop it from entering the country. The IMF is still very sceptical about Belarus's economic situation and is not willing to provide it any financial support without serious reforms....
27 October 2014
Last week Chief of the Russian Air Force Viktor Bondarev announced that a Russian airbase would be established in Babruysk in 2016. An article from the Moscow Times on expanding the Russian air force presence abroad, subsequently reprinted in the Guardian, painted a rather dramatic, yet not entirely correct picture.
According to the story, Russia has stationed its fighter jets in...
24 October 2014
The main economic events for October in Belarus revolve around Russia: the ratification of the Eurasian Economic Union, the continued fighting over the re-export of banned European foodstuffs to Russia, and, finally, an argument over Russia’s oil tax manoeuvre.
Russia’s actions, both political and economic, further complicate the situation with the Belarusian economy, which...
21 October 2014
In a somewhat uncharacteristic move, Belarus started working on a full-scale border guard on the Belarusian-Russian border.
Western sanctions are impeding the development of industrial cooperation between Belarus and Russia, which still hopes to draw CIS countries into its confrontation with the West.
The Belarusian authorities do not trust America, but they still want to...
08 October 2014
According to a leaked document published by TUT.BY this week, the Belarusian parliament will insert its own special clause when it ratifies the Treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union.
The clause will reserve the country’s right to ignore its treaty obligations if Russia does not agree to lift all barriers of the free trade regime that are harmful to Belarus.
This most recent...
03 October 2014
On 29 September, Alexander Lukashenka stated that schools should increase the number of Belarusian language lessons they teach.
Following Lukashenka's public speech in Belarusian in July this year, a rare even in and of itself, the retirement of some pro-Russian officials and the unveiling of a monument to the Great Duke Alhierd all show that the authorities realise the need to...
09 September 2014
The Belarusian authorities did not take kindly to a Belarusian schoolboy calling on President Lukashenka to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. A mysterious new type of shrimp from Belarus is turning up in Russian supermarkets and a Belarusian citizen is suing Russian media for using the term Belorussia.
The government is seeking to improve the economy through repaying all of its outstanding...
09 August 2014
01 August 2014
On 23 July, the main Belarusian portal TUT.by blew the Internet up with an article about Belarusians who were going around popping car tires with Russian number plates in Minsk.
The site's administration removed nearly two thousand comments for inciting ethnic hatred.
The attitude of some Belarusians towards Russia is getting more radical due to the conflict in Ukraine, and...
28 July 2014
Although many question whether Belarus is really an independent state today, its three independence days paint a different picture.
Depending on one's political views, Belarusians consider either 25 March, 3 July or 27 July as their real day for commemorating their independence as a nation.
On 27 July, Belarusian civil society activists and journalists symbolically celebrated...
22 July 2014
Russia Seeks to Preseve Its Media Influence, Belarus' Own Anti-Missile System - Belarus Security Digest
Russia wants to maintain its control over the minds of the population of CIS countries.
Belarus develops its own anti-missile system, the Halberd. The Kremlin hopes that its allies will help it with supplying it military equipment that it is not longer able to directly access through Ukraine.
The UAV Grif learns to fly. The military and industrial sector is looking to make some...
18 July 2014
On 17 July, Belarusian state media tried to strike a balance between Russia and Ukraine's respective positions when reporting on the MH17 crash.
Russian media clearly stated that it was Ukraine which had shot down the plane and the majority of Belarusians seem to believe it.
The Russian war against Ukraine has shown that the Belarusian elite and society see the world very...