About: Alexander Lukashenko

Europe's East 18-02-2021

Belarus court sentences two journalists to two years in prison

A court in Belarus on Thursday (18 February) sentenced two journalists to two years in prison on charges of fomenting protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.
Europe's East 12-02-2021

Lukashenko tells loyalists he defeated foreign ‘blitzkrieg’

Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (11 February) declared victory over what he said was foreign attempts to overthrow his government and showed no signs of heeding the embattled opposition's calls for him to resign.
Europe's East 11-02-2021

Lukashenko stages Belarusian ‘People’s Assembly’ as opposition cries foul

Veteran President Alexander Lukashenko launched a Belarusian “People’s Assembly” on Thursday (11 February), inviting 2,700 people to discuss political reform in what opponents dismissed as a sham exercise to help him to cling to power.
Europe's East 10-02-2021

EU Parliament president under fire for ‘not supporting’ democracy in Belarus

A leading Member of the European Parliament is organising a debate on Wednesday (10 February) intended to overturn a decision by the assembly's President David Sassoli not to open an office in Brussels representing the Belarus opposition, presumably under the advice of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.
Europe's East 19-01-2021

Belarus stripped of ice hockey world championship over unrest, Covid

Belarus was on Monday (18 January) stripped of its role as co-host of the 2021 ice hockey world championship over "growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and Covid-19".
Europe's East 05-01-2021

New evidence in Ukraine journalist’s murder

Police in Ukraine have received new evidence that may help identify those who ordered the murder of award-winning investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet in 2016.
Europe's East 28-12-2020

Belarusian spa in Lithuania hit by EU sanctions

A Belarusian state-owned spa operating in Lithuania has been hit by European Union sanctions against Minsk over its brutal crackdown on opposition protesters, officials said Monday (28 December). Ilya Yepifanau, the head physician at the Belorus spa, told AFP that...
Europe's East 14-12-2020

Belarus protesters gather ‘despite repressions, violence and cold’

Protesters in Belarus weathered icy conditions Sunday (13 December), hitting the streets to demand the resignation of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko who is facing down months of historic protests against his rule.
Europe's East 30-11-2020

Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic

Opposition protesters in Belarus took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday (29 November) in the latest of three months of demonstrations against the re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.
27-11-2020

Lukashenko: With the new Consitution, I will no longer work with you as President

The Belarusian strongman Aleksander Lukashenko hinted on Friday (27 (November) he would step down once the new constitution is adopted. He said he supports a new Constitution, "not because some kind of democracy is needed" but because giving it to "an unknown president" in its current form would cause trouble, state news agency BelTa reported.
Global Europe 27-11-2020

EP adopts tough resolution on Belarus, Russia accuses West of meddling

Russia's foreign minister on Thursday (26 November) accused the West of interfering in Belarus as he met strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko who has faced months of protests over his disputed re-election.
Politics 19-11-2020

How young people in Belarus have become the drivers of the protests

For more than 100 days, Belarusian pro-democracy protesters have been rallying in the streets against President Alexander Lukashenko, following rigged national elections and violence against peaceful demonstrators. While some older people, particularly women, have also taken to the streets, young people have been at the forefront of the protests.
Europe's East 13-11-2020

Thousands rally in Belarus after opposition protester’s death

Thousands of demonstrators turned out in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Friday (13 November) to mourn the death of a protester who was pronounced dead the day after police arrested him.
Europe's East 09-11-2020

More than 800 held in Belarus as opposition reaches out to Biden

Police in Belarus on Sunday (8 November) detained more than 800 people during the latest in weeks of unprecedented demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, as the opposition reached out to US President-elect Joe Biden.
Europe's East 05-11-2020

EU launches sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

The EU on Wednesday (4 November) launched a procedure to sanction Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and 13 others held responsible for a post-election crackdown in the former Soviet state, diplomatic sources in Brussels said.
Europe's East 02-11-2020

Tens of thousands protest in Belarus, defying threats, warning shots

Riot police fired warning shots into the air, used stun grenades and made arrests to deter tens of thousands of Belarusians who marched through Minsk on Sunday (1 November) to demand veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko leave power.
Global Europe 28-10-2020

Biden vows to back Belarus opposition in removing Lukashenko

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden voiced support Tuesday (27 October) for the Belarus opposition in its general strike against President Alexander Lukashenko, saying the strongman was illegitimate.
Europe's East 22-10-2020

Belarus opposition wins European Parliament’s human rights award

The European Parliament awarded its annual Sakharov Prize for human rights on Thursday (22 October) to the democratic opposition movement in Belarus led by the exiled Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who stood up to strongman Alexander Lukashenko. “They have stood and still...
Europe's East 19-10-2020

Tens of thousands march in Belarus despite police threat to open fire

Belarusian police on Sunday (18 October) detained more than 200 people as tens of thousands marched against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in defiance of police threats to open fire after weeks of demonstrations.
Europe's East 13-10-2020

Belarus allows police to use combat weapons as protests persist

Belarus police will now be permitted to use combat weapons in the streets if needed, the Interior Ministry said, as security forces again clashed with protesters who want President Alexander Lukashenko to quit after a contested 9 August election.
Europe's East 12-10-2020

EU agrees to sanction Lukashenko, impose Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

EU foreign ministers on Monday (12 October) agreed to impose sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and move forward with a sanctions framework against the culprits involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Europe's East 12-10-2020

Police in Belarus crack down on protesters, detain dozens

Security forces in Belarus detained dozens of protesters on Sunday (11 October) and used force, including water cannon and batons, to break up crowds demanding a new presidential election, TV footage showed.
Global Europe 02-10-2020

EU leaders unblock Belarus sanctions, issue ‘carrot and stick’ warning to Turkey

After weeks of bickering, EU leaders broke a longstanding deadlock to impose sanctions against members of the Belarus regime on Friday night (2 October) and fired a warning at Turkey over its gas drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Global Europe 01-10-2020

EU leaders meet to break stalemate over Belarus and Turkey

EU leaders meet physically for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Thursday (1 October) in an attempt to break the deadlock over imposing sanctions on Belarus and resolving a standoff with Turkey, both crucial for the EU's credibility on the international scene.
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