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Talking to Europe, Mending Ties with the Vatican, Family Values – Belarus Foreign Policy Digest
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During his "open dialogue" with the press on 29 January, President Alexander Lukashenka continued walking the fine line between alarming Russia and progressing Belarus' relations with the West. The Belarusian ruler made it clear that he appreciated the noticeable shift...
6 February 2015
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Visa Liberalisation, Saving the Economy and Readying Defenses – Western Press Digest

Relations between Russia and Belarus appear to have taken a turn for the worse as the new year begins. As Belarus's economy stumbles, Minsk tries to shore up the Belarusian ruble while simultaneously blaming Moscow for some of its...

4 February 2015
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BRSM, Lukashenka’s Press Conference – Belarus State TV Digest

Aleksandr Lukashenka attended a recent BRSM Youth Union conference and tried to convince young Belarusians to stay in the country and be loyal. Lukashenka's press conference with domestic and foreign journalists on 29 January turned into one of the biggest...

16 January 2015
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Belarus in Global Ratings 2014: Low on Freedom, Higher on Prospertity

The iconographic prepared by Pact compares Belarus to its neighbours in various international ratings. Compared to Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, Belarus scores very low on various freedoms, including press and Internet freedoms. When it comes to human...

12 January 2015
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Gas Stations Switch to Belarusian, Independent Publisher Fined – Belarus Civil Society Digest

Network of gas stations switches service to Belarusian language thanks to MovaNanova. ODB publishes 2014 annual report. Belarus Research Council announces call for concept papers for policy-oriented original research. CSOs contribute to government discussion of 2030 Concept of...

8 January 2015
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Belarusian Diplomacy in 2014: Laying the Groundwork for 2015?

In 2014, Belarus lost its title as Europe's last dictatorship and Minsk offered up its name for the peace process in Ukraine. Belarus' self-inflicted isolation from the international democratic community has been seriously eroded but not definitely broken. Belarus' response...

5 January 2015
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Lukashenka in Ukraine, Blocking the Internet and Gandalf for President – Western Press Digest

Belarus-Russia tensions continue to grow as the economies of both countries come under more and more stress. Seeking to distance himself from the image of being the Kremlin's vassal, Lukashenka went to Kiev to reaffirm his commitment to help...

31 December 2014
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Most Read Articles on Belarus Digest in 2014

In 2014 Belarus Digest published over 250 articles. Below we listed top ten most viewed articles published this year. Top three articles deal with Ukraine. Interestingly, the fourth article correctly predicted the currency crises which Belarus is facing now. 1....

19 December 2014
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Video: What Readers Think About Belarus Digest

We asked our readers to say what they think about Belarus and why they support us. Watch what Bruce Bucknell, Abraham Epton, Ľubomír Rehák and Matthew Rojansky have to say and their holiday greetings. If you also like reading our articles...

16 December 2014
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Vyshyvanka Day, Golden Age University, Forum of Entrepreneurs – Belarus Civil Society Digest

Perspektiva`s Entrepreneurs Forum gathered over 200 participants, raised media and government attention. $170,000 was granted to NGOs via state social contracting. International Human Rights Day is marked with series of events. Hrodna Golden Age University is recognised the best educational...

12 December 2014
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Getting Rid of the Pariah Status, Complaining about Russia, Protecting Conservative Values – Belarus Foreign Policy Digest

The days when Belarus was a pariah at most European diplomatic gatherings appears to be a thing of the past. During his recent trips to Vienna and Basel, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei met with a dozen of his counterparts from...

5 December 2014
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Snoop Dogg’s Love, Civil Society Under Pressure And A Tragic Discovery – Western Press Digest

Belarus has also gained some international notoriety recently. American rapper has proclaimed his love for Belarusian culture by launching an accessory line. In more gruesome news, Belarus has been a gruesome discovery that old Jewish headstones were used as building materials...

4 December 2014
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Belarusians Ousted From the Russian Market, Spongers, Small Business – Belarus State TV Digest

Belarus state TV Channel 1 harshly criticised Belarusian spongers - people who do not wish to work as their fellow citizens do and abuse the nation's welfare system. Aliaksandr Lukashenka made a number of angry statements in response to Russia's...

2 December 2014
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Young Officials Get Positions, Old Crowd Waits for New Appointments – Belarus Profile Digest

Belarus Digest with its sister project Belarus Profile is launching a new series of publications primarily devoted to changes in the Belarusian nomenclature. Every two months, Belarus Profile Digest will cover the most important recent appointments and dismissals...

24 November 2014
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Less Overt Support for Ukraine, Lukashenka Takes Pity on Putin – Belarus Foreign Policy Digest

Gunnar Wiegand, the top EU official for the CIS region, visited Minsk last week to continue active dialogue on modernisation. His unexpected avoidance of Belarus' titular opposition raised concerns in their ranks about a possible shift in policy in...