Belarus: The death rate appears lower than the UK’s, writes IAN BIRRELL

As the sun slid from the evening sky over Minsk, clusters of people thronged the imposing entrance of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus clutching their tickets for the ballet. Many had dressed up to attend one of the city’s landmark buildings, a legacy of the Stalin era that was inspired by Roman amphitheatres. ‘We don’t want … Read more Belarus: The death rate appears lower than the UK’s, writes IAN BIRRELL

100,000 people take to the streets of Belarus in latest demo against re-elected President

Female protesters confront police as 100,000 people take to the streets of Belarus in latest demo against re-elected President  Belarusians are protesting against the re-elected President Alexander Lukashenko for the seventh week The protests began after  Lukashenko’s victory in the August 9 poll  Law inforcement officers  have detained dozens of opposition supporters By Aliki Kraterou For Mailonline … Read more 100,000 people take to the streets of Belarus in latest demo against re-elected President

Belarus president says he will close borders with Poland and Lithuania

Belarus’s embattled president Alexander Lukashenko says he has placed the military on high alert and will close borders with Poland and Lithuania amid fears of a ‘war’. The strongman, known as Europe’s last dictator, appealed to the ‘crazy leaders’ of both countries, plus Ukraine, not to let conflict break out, saying it ‘will not resolve … Read more Belarus president says he will close borders with Poland and Lithuania

2,000 Hasidic Jews gather at Ukraine’s border where they are barred entry from Belarus

Around 2,000 Hasidic Jews have gathered at Ukraine’s border with Belarus where their annual pilgrimage has been barred due to coronavirus restrictions. Kiev has accused President Alexander Lukashenko of manufacturing the crisis by giving the pilgrims hope that they could cross the frontier in retaliation for Ukraine’s support for the recent pro-democracy protests.   Despite Ukraine’s … Read more 2,000 Hasidic Jews gather at Ukraine’s border where they are barred entry from Belarus

Belarus leader looks to Putin to help him cling on to power

Belarus’s embattled strongman Alexander Lukashenko mopped his brow under Vladimir Putin’s gaze today as he flew to Russia to beg for the Kremlin’s support to keep him in power.  The man nicknamed the ‘last dictator in Europe’ cut a submissive figure as he pleaded with Putin to back his regime while the bored-looking Russian president … Read more Belarus leader looks to Putin to help him cling on to power

Belarus opposition leader ‘tears up her passport’ to stop her deportation

A Belarus opposition leader tore up her passport to foil authorities trying to deport her to Ukraine in the dead of night, it was claimed today.  Maria Kolesnikova was driven to a border crossing in the early hours of this morning but ‘took action’ to prevent her ‘forcible expulsion’, Ukraine’s government said, a day after … Read more Belarus opposition leader ‘tears up her passport’ to stop her deportation

Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova is bundled into a minibus by masked men

Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was today bundled into a minibus by masked men in Minsk.  Unidentified men seized the 38-year-old at around 10am and sped off in a vehicle marked ‘Communications,’ witnesses said. Her campaign team said her phone has been turned off and there was no comment from Minsk police.  Kolesnikova is the only … Read more Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova is bundled into a minibus by masked men

Belarus leader claims Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was FAKED

Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko has claimed that his security forces had intercepted German calls showing that Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny’s poisoning had been faked. Lukashenko told visiting Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk on Thursday that the call between Berlin and Warsaw showed that the incident was a ‘falsification’. ‘There was no poisoning of … Read more Belarus leader claims Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was FAKED

Belarus leader claims Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was FAKED

Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko has claimed that his security forces had intercepted German calls showing that Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny’s poisoning had been faked. Lukashenko told visiting Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk on Thursday that the call between Berlin and Warsaw showed that the incident was a ‘falsification’. ‘There was no poisoning of … Read more Belarus leader claims Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was FAKED

Tens of thousands of protesters gather in capital of Belarus for fourth week of daily demos

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the capital of Belarus on Sunday, beginning a fourth week of daily protests demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president after an election they call rigged gave him a sixth term in office. The protest at the ‘hero city’ monument honouring Minsk’s suffering and resilience during the … Read more Tens of thousands of protesters gather in capital of Belarus for fourth week of daily demos