Updated at 22:54,20-03-2017

Anarchists, the avangarde of social protests in Belarus Kомментарии

20 март 2017, 23:08 | English / Featured Stories

On 15 March, Belarusian authorities detained dozens of citizens protesting against the social parasite decree. Anarchists were one of the most noticeable movements at the protests in Brest and Minsk, causing an immediate reaction from the police. Read more

Poor civic literacy in Belarus: a legacy of undemocratic rule Kомментарии

20 март 2017, 23:01 | English / Featured Stories

The recently published survey Civic Literacy in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus revealed that the civic literacy rate is lower in Belarus than in Ukraine and Moldova, except when it comes to such issues as budget and taxes. Read more

Podcast: The Belarusian Spring Kомментарии

20 март 2017, 11:58 | English / Featured Stories

First Alyaksandr Lukashenka tried the carrot and then he tried the stick. But neither seem to be working. Read more

Schengen visa facilitation: jeopardised by fear of migrants? Kомментарии

20 март 2017, 01:35 | English / Featured Stories

Recent statements by Belarusian officials have confirmed that the country's citizens should not expect a more liberal visa regime with Europe in the foreseeable future. Belarus's decision to introduce a conditional visa-free regime for nationals of Read more

Thousands join rallies against 'parasite tax' in Belarus Kомментарии

15 март 2017, 23:32 | English / Featured Stories

Protesters marched in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, and elsewhere in the latest demonstration against a controversial tax on the unemployed. Read more

Women’s activism in Belarus: towards the real gender equality Kомментарии

08 март 2017, 14:04 | English / Featured Stories

On 8 March, women the world over will celebrate International Women’s Day, which commemorates women's emancipation and their achievements. However, Belarusians largely celebrate the 8th of March in a different way, putting an emphasis on women as Read more

The Belarus-Russia conflict through the lens of the Gerasimov doctrine Kомментарии

07 март 2017, 18:41 | English / Featured Stories

The recent visit of Alexander Lukashenka to Sochi on 15 - 26 February 2017, which did not include an audience with Vladimir Putin, casts the relationship between Minsk and the Kremlin in an ever more ambiguous light. Read more

Kurapaty memorial in danger: business versus historical memory Kомментарии

06 март 2017, 22:59 | English / Featured Stories

On 24 February 2017, Siarhej Palčeuski chained himself to a truck to protest the construction of a business centre in the vicinity of Kurapaty – a commemoration site for the victims of the 1930s Soviet repressions. Palčeuski's Read more

Can anger sustain the Belarusian protests? Kомментарии

05 март 2017, 23:56 | English / Featured Stories

On 17 February of this year, Minsk saw the largest civic protest since 2010, when demonstrators gathered in the capital to protest the results of the presidential election . However, this recent demonstration of ‘angry Belarusians’ was significantly Read more

Tax on “social parasites” stirs up public angst in Belarus Kомментарии

05 март 2017, 23:51 | English / Featured Stories

On April 2, 2015, President Alexander Lukashenka signed Decree No. 3 “on preventing social dependency”, otherwise known as the “idleness decree” or the “social parasite tax.” Read more

Belarus's new Russian arms: what Minsk has given in exchange Kомментарии

05 март 2017, 23:47 | English / Featured Stories

In an interview published on 23 February, Belarusian defence minister Andrei Raukou announced the forthcoming purchases of state-of-the-art Russian weaponry. Read more

Chechens struggle to enter the EU through Belarus Kомментарии

05 март 2017, 23:41 | English / Featured Stories

Since late summer 2016, a small-scale refugee crisis has been unfolding at the Belarusian-Polish border near Brest, as several thousand Chechen refugees attempt to make their way into Poland. Read more


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