‘It’s All Ruined’: Young Woman Caught Up in Belarus Clampdown

Sofia Sapega looked forward to finishing law school and was not particularly political, friends said. But in Belarus, having a relationship with a dissident can now mean jail.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #sapega-sofia

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Anti-Government Activist in Belarus Stabs Himself in Courtroom

Before his apparent suicide attempt, Stepan Latypov said he had been tortured and his family threatened, amid President Alexander G. Lukashenko’s efforts to stifle dissent.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #stepan-latypov, #torture

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U.S. to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Forced Plane Landing

The move is the latest Western response to the forced landing of a European commercial flight with a Belarusian dissident aboard.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #united-states-international-relations

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Russia Rejects Some Flight Plans, as Belarus Grows More Isolated

The skies over Eastern Europe became a geopolitical checkerboard, and a Swiss email provider pushed back against Belarus’s claims of an emailed bomb threat.

#belarus, #hijacking, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #ryanair-holdings-plc

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The Saga of Ryanair Flight 4978

Why did the leader of Belarus force a commercial airplane to land? Who was he after? And what might happen next?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman

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Every Belarusian Journalist I Know Is in Jail or Exile

What’s happening in Belarus could easily soon happen in Russia.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #media, #minsk-belarus, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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What’s Happening in Belarus? Here Are the Basics.

For those trying to catch up on the “state hijacking” of an airplane, the arrest of a dissident and what preceded it.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #europe, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

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Belarus Plane Crisis Tightens Lukashenko’s Awkward Embrace of Putin

For years, the leader of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has played the West against Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Now, weakened and isolated, he is losing leverage.

#belarus, #hijacking, #international-relations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #united-states-international-relations

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Roman Protasevich: A Belarus Activist Who ‘Refused to Live in Fear’

Disgusted by the brutality of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, Mr. Protasevich bravely embarked at 16 on a life in opposition.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

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Belarus’s State-Sponsored Plane Hijack Can’t Go Unanswered

Mr. Lukashenko has gone too far, and the response should be convincing and swift.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #hijacking, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman

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Belarus Is Isolated as Other Countries Move to Ban Flights

The extraordinary forced landing of a commercial flight with a Belarusian dissident aboard escalated into one of the biggest flare-ups in East-West tensions in recent years.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #state-security-committee-kgb-belarus

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E.U. and Britain Move to Impede Belarus’s Access to Air Travel

The European Union told airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace after the country forced a commercial flight to land in order to arrest a journalist.

#airbaltic, #airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #estonia, #european-union, #great-britain, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #oleary-michael-kevin-1961, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #ukraine, #wizz-air

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Who Is Roman Protasevich, the Opposition Journalist?

Mr. Protasevich, 26, is an exiled dissident whose reach drew an authoritarian ruler into a gambit that outraged Western governments.

#belarus, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #greece, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #military-aircraft, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government, #roman-protasevich, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #state-security-committee-kgb-belarus, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #vilnius-lithuania

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Belarus Scrambles Ryanair Jet to Force Down Plane Carrying Dissident

The dissident, Roman Protasevich, co-founded a Telegram channel that is a popular opposition outlet in Belarus. The plane was flying from Athens to Lithuania when it was forced down.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #news-and-news-media, #ryanair-holdings-plc

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Belarus Scrambles Jet to Force Down Plane Carrying Dissident

The dissident, Roman Protasevich, co-founded a Telegram channel that is a popular opposition outlet in Belarus. The plane was flying from Athens to Lithuania when it was forced down.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #news-and-news-media, #ryanair-holdings-plc

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Lukashenko Jails 2 Journalists in Belarus for Covering Protests

After crushing mass demonstrations calling for his ouster, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has engaged in a broad crackdown on dissent and stepped up retaliation against critics.

#andreeva-catarina, #belarus, #chulcova-darja, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #sentences-criminal

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Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right

The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter on disinformation.

#belarus, #censorship, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #instant-messaging, #iran, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #vkontakte-ltd

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‘You Cannot Say No’: The Reign of Terror That Sustains Belarus’s Leader

Despite hundreds of thousands protesting against him for months, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has been able to cling to power thanks to an all-pervasive security system.

#belarus-kgb, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #police, #political-prisoners, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #tikhanovsky-sergei, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company

Denying defeat, claiming fraud and using government machinery to reverse election results are the time-honored tools of dictators.

#africa, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #europe, #gbagbo-laurent, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maduro-nicolas, #milosevic-slobodan, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Belarus Protesters Call for General Strike Against Lukashenko

The country’s autocratic ruler, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, is hanging on. But his fate may be decided in Moscow, where patience is wearing thin.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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E.U. Agrees to Penalize Lukashenko, but Gives Him Time to Back Down

Foreign ministers of the bloc, which had imposed sanctions on other Belarus officials, agreed to apply them to the country’s president, pressuring him to call new elections.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

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In Belarus, Women Led the Protests and Shattered Stereotypes

The women who organized the political campaign and the subsequent protests against President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko may ultimately be defeated. But society may never be the same.

#alexievich-svetlana, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #men-and-boys, #minsk-belarus, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Putin, Long the Sower of Instability, Is Now Surrounded by It

Fueled by the pandemic, uprisings in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan and a war in the Caucasus region are undermining the influence of the Russian leader.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #belarus, #elections, #jeenbekov-sooronbay, #khabarovsk-russia, #kyrgyzstan, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #nagorno-karabakh, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates

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E.U. Failure to Impose Sanctions on Belarus Lays Bare Its Weakness

E.U. foreign policy moves require unanimous support from the member nations — a rule that continually undercuts the bloc’s bold ambitions for global influence.

#belarus, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #cyprus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #greece, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #turkey, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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In Secret Ceremony, Embattled Belarus Strongman Is Sworn In as President

Despite weeks of mass demonstrations against his re-election, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko declared victory over protesters as he began a sixth term.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #inaugurations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g

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Belarus Needs New Elections, Says Opposition Leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

My husband was jailed for daring to run against our president. So I ran in his place.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #europe, #european-parliament, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

#balkan-states, #baltic-sea, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trudeau-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Embattled Belarus Strongman Travels to Russia to Seek Help From Putin

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko broke into a sweat after the Russian president suggested new elections.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #putin-vladimir-v, #sochi-russia, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Embattled Belarus Leader Beset by More Protests Before Putin Summit

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has for weeks tried to quell protests against his re-election claim. A day before meeting President Vladimir V. Putin, his main backer, he continued to crack down on the opposition.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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As Both Sides Dig In, What’s the Endgame for Belarus?

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko seems set on relentless repression, while protesters think peaceful defiance will win in the end.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #european-union, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #united-nations

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Support the Brave Protesters of Belarus

America and Europe must make clear that they stand behind the Belarusian people’s demand for fair elections.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government

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At the U.S. Open, Players From Belarus Eye Unrest at Home

The country would normally be excited about the strong performances of Belarusian athletes. But mass demonstrations and fury against an authoritarian president have loomed over their tournament.

#azarenka-victoria, #belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #sabalenka-aryna, #sasnovich-aliaksandra, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis

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Abducted Opposition Leader in Belarus Averts Expulsion to Ukraine

A plan by security agents to expel Maria Kolesnikova came unstuck at the border when she tore up her passport.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maria-kolesnikova, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #ukraine

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The Pandemic Was Supposed to Be Great for Strongmen. What Happened?

From Trump to Lukashenko, authoritarians are discovering that this isn’t their kind of crisis.

#belarus, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #quarantines, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Belarus Protest Leader Vanishes Amid Reports of Masked Abductors

With large-scale demonstrations showing little sign of winding down, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s security forces appear to have shifted from mass repression to more targeted disappearances.

#babariko-viktor, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kgb, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maria-kolesnikova, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #russia

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For Aging Belarus Rockers, a Late Shot at Stardom

Forced underground in the 1990s to a life of cover gigs and guitar lessons, they are re-emerging amid the country’s political awakening.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

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The 22-Year-Old Coordinating Protests in Belarus, From a Small Office in Poland

Stepan Svetlov hasn’t set foot in Belarus for two years. But his social media profile is now a lodestar for demonstrators back home.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #social-media, #stepan-svetlov, #telegram, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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A High-Stakes Standoff in Belarus

How the leader frequently called “Europe’s last dictator” won power — and how he plans to hold on to it in the face of mounting protests.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #moscow-russia, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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What Belarusians Can Learn From Poland

The protests, strikes and brutal police response invite comparison to Solidarity’s campaign for freedom from Moscow 40 years ago. There are differences.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #solidarity-poland, #strikes

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Belarus President Hunkers Down as Crowds Demand He Leave

Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, the autocratic president of Belarus since 1994, is no longer brutally suppressing demonstrations that have gone on for weeks, but he shows no signs of going away.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #putin-vladimir-v

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‘Something Broke Inside Belarusians.’ Why an Apolitical People Rose Up

Comfortable urban elites long tolerated the eccentricities of the country’s ruler, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko. Then came the coronavirus and a blatantly falsified presidential election.

#babariko-viktor, #belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

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Putin Warns Belarus Protesters: Don’t Push Too Hard

He said in a television interview that Russia had formed a security force that could intervene if its neighbor “gets out of control.”

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Belarus Protests Test Limits of Lukashenko’s Brutal, One-Man Rule

For 26 years, President Aleksandr Lukashenko has built a regime in his own eccentric, authoritarian image. Now he faces the greatest challenge yet to his hold on power.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #putin-vladimir-v, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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‘We Just Want Him to Leave’: Protests Persist Against Belarus’s Leader

Although no arrests or clashes were reported on Sunday, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko told a rally of supporters this weekend that protesters had until Monday to calm down.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

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In Belarus Town, People Tasted a Bite of Freedom. It Lasted 2 Days.

Protesters in Grodno won some extraordinary concessions from the local government, including a police apology and a pledge of press freedom. They did not last long.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #eastern-europe, #grodno-belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #strikes

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Belarus Worker Takes Up Mantle of Protest Leader

Sergei A. Dylevsky, a Belarusian tractor factory worker, has emerged as a populist leader in demonstrations against President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dylevsky-sergei-a, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

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Impossible, Unthinkable Change Is Happening in Belarus

Employees of state-controlled institutions are on strike, demanding that the president step down.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #organized-labor, #strikes, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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E.U. Rejects Belarus Election, Without Demanding a New One

Europe’s leaders are treading carefully to avoid providing a pretext for further state violence or for a Russian intervention.

#belarus, #european-commission, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Belarus Leader Rejects Compromise and Pours Scorn on Opposition

Showing no signs of yielding, President Aleksandr Lukashenko denounced a new opposition council as “wild Nazis.” The Kremlin warned European leaders not to get involved in the unrest in Belarus.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus President, Is Jeered by Factory Workers

The authoritarian leader’s base of support in the country’s Soviet-style industrial enterprises seems to be slipping.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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