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A New Big Potash Deal between Belarus and China?
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June 2016 became a breakthrough month for the potash industry in Belarus. The state-owned company “Belaruskali” managed to sign two long-awaited contracts with two major potash consumers – India and Bangladesh. However, the main news came from China: on June...
13 June 2016
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Will Belarus Lose the Chinese Market in 2016?

On June, 9 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus appointed high-ranking officials personally responsible for implementing a number of investment projects. Prime Minister Andrej Kabiakoŭ became supervisor of the BelGee project (vehicles production). This move emphasises the...

22 May 2015
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Belarus-China Relations: More Hype than Substance?

On 10-12 May, Chinese president Xi Jinping capped off his Eurasia trip with a visit to Minsk. As during his prior stops in Kazakhstan and Russia, the Chinese leader was sizing up the opportunities, as well as the risks,...

4 February 2014
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A Parrot Candidate, U.S. Website Hacked, Eurovision Petition – Western Press Digest

The U.S. presidential administration is looking into a possible security breach to its recently launched healthcare website, with the issue being linked back to Belarus. New allegations have surfaced that European donor aid is financing Belarus’ border police, again...

23 October 2013
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Seviarynets Free, Belarus Free Theatre Praised, Rosneft Invests in Belarus – Western Press Digest

After three years of imprisonment with hard labour, notable political prisoner Paval Seviarynets is free. Jailed civil rights activist Ales Byalyatski has been awarded the first ever Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. Russian giant Rosneft making inroads into Belarus, while the...

18 September 2013
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Lukashenka’s Prize, $100 Exit Fee Contested, Belarusian Programmers – Western Press Digest

Belarusian programmers are a hot commodity on the international market. Belarusian ruler Alexandr Lukashenka and the state police of Belarus were awarded the Ig Noble Peace Prize for 2013. A Belarusian physician who criticised the government on youtube says...

31 August 2013
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Belaruskali v Uralkali: Between Politics and Criminality

On Monday, Belarusian authorities arrested the general director of Russian potash company Uralkali. Vladislav Baumgertner, who came to Minsk to negotiate with Prime Minster Mikhail Myasnikovich.About a month ago, Uralkali stopped cooperation with...

21 August 2013
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Mapping Belarus, Demise of Potash Cartel, and Lukashenka’s Big Catch – Western Press Digest

The Western Press has been making light of the recent split between potash producers Belaruskali and Russian Uralkali, signalling a turn for the worst in Belarusian-Russian economic relations. In a unique project, Belarusian volunteers have set out to digitally...

18 September 2012
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Soyuzkali is Hustled to the Finish Line

On 10 September during his meeting with managing director of the Belarusian Potassium Company (BPC) Aleksandr Lukashenka made the following statement: "In the events involving BPC, even if some issues are still not resolved, then they became less relevant: there are...

25 June 2012
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Belarusian Privatisation and the Future of BelarusKali

On 22 June Belarusian president asked PM Mikhail Miasnikovich to tackle inflation and ensure that the country’s average salary would reach $500 by the end of the year. In fact, it is not the right time to share oil...