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Amnesty International: conscientious objector released in Belarus
Amnesty International: conscientious objector released in Belarus
Amnesty International has welcomed the release of Yevgeny Yakovenko, a conscientious objector who had been sentenced to one year in prison for “evading military service”. He was released under an...
26 July 2010
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Election 2011: How realistic is the regime change?

David Marples, professor at the University of Alberta, Canada and a President of the North American Association for Belarusian Studies is on the research trip to Minsk right now. In the article for the Jamestown Foundation * he...

24 July 2010
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Andrej Sannikau on Hard Talk, BBC

Andrej Sannikau, a potential candidate in 2011 Belarus presidential elections appeared on Hard Talk, the BBC World flagship current affairs interview programme. Stephen Sackur, BBC journalist who interviewed Mr Sannikau has made a few “hard” points, in particular to...

23 July 2010
Economist: It Takes One to Know One
Economist: It Takes One to Know One

The Economist reports on the media war broken out between Belarus and Russia. One good thing about what is going on is that for the first time the public in Belarus...

21 July 2010
Election 2011 Persona: Ales Mikhalevich
Election 2011 Persona: Ales Mikhalevich

Opposition leaders were unable to adopt a procedure for selecting a single presidential contender at their meeting in Minsk at the beginning of July, BelaPAN reported*. According to Uladzimir...

17 July 2010
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Kremlin’s Plan of Taming Lukashenka Goes Ahead

After June’s gas dispute and Russian enforcing Belarus to join the Customs Union, political tension between Minsk and Moscow persists, taking ever new turns and twists. Belarusian leadership retaliated for the film about Lukashenka shown on Gazprom-controlled NTV by...

15 July 2010
Grunwald, the Great Belarusian Victory
Grunwald, the Great Belarusian Victory

Poland and the Republic of Lithuania today officially celebrate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Grunwald. On July 15, 1410, the united army of Poland and the Grand Duchy of...

5 July 2010
The God Father Movie: the Kremlin Puts More Pressure on Lukashenka
The God Father Movie: the Kremlin Puts More Pressure on Lukashenka

Russian major television channel NTV featured a movie “The God Father”. The movie depicts the story of mysterious disappearances of major politicians in 1990s and other human rights violations committed in Belarus recently. The documentary also emphasizes that...

3 July 2010
Any hope for conscientious objectors in Belarus?
Any hope for conscientious objectors in Belarus?

Ivan Mikhailov, Dmitry Smyk and Yevhen Yakovenko – the three young men convicted since late 2009 of refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience – separately told Forum 18...

3 July 2010
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Russia Is Not Willing to Pay for its Imperial Prestige

This week, after a bitter gas transit conflict with Belarusian government, Russian Gasprom declared that preliminary gas prices for Belarus next year should be about USD 250. Now it pays 185 dollars. Even some naïve oppositional analysts welcomed what...