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Youth organisations in Belarus: oppositional vs. official
On 23 February, the administration of the Belarusian State University expelled the youth activist Yury Lukashevich. The former student claims that the reason behind his expulsion lies in his political activism and board membership in an oppositional party. „итать
Hazing in the Belarusian army
On 31 March, Arciom Basciuk, a soldier in the Belarusian army, committed suicide because of hazing. Less than a year earlier, another soldier shot himself during a military exercise for the same reason. Psychological pressure and the hierarchical structure of the Belarusian military means that „итать
Minsk wants China's help countering Russian and Western pressure
Next month, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenka will head for China. While he remains isolated in the West, this will be his tenth visit to Beijing. Addressing the Belarusian parliament on 21 April, Lukashenka gave much attention to Belarusian-Chinese relations and Belarus's key role in the „итать
Belarus - Turkmenistan: the end of a success story?
On 30-31 March, talks were held in Ashgabat between Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenka. „итать
Hrodna is learning to handle more foreign tourists
Around 1,100 tourists, a record number, visited Hrodna Region between 26 March and 2 April 2017, according to Belra news agency. Since October 2016, it is possible to visit the region for five days visa-free. „итать
Belarus has obtained gas and oil concessions from Russia: but what did Russia get in exchange?
After a meeting with Alexander Lukashenka on 3 April in Saint Petersburg, Vladimir Putin announced that all oil and gas issues between the two countries had been resolved. „итать
This tourist sign from Belarus may be the most prohibitive sign in the world
An information sign near a popular attraction seriously questions tourist-friendliness of Belarus. „итать
Caught in protest dragnet, Belarusians accuse police of brutality, lies
When Paval Belavus and his pregnant wife went out for groceries in central Minsk on March 26, he expected it would be a quick trip. Minutes later, they were herded into a police van. He was taken away and charged with participating in an unlawful protest. „итать
Can Belarus keep a strong position on the global arms markets?
In 2012, Belarus became 18th out of the world's 20 leading arms exporters, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published last month. „итать
Influential or influenced: the Belarusian Orthodox church
While many Belarusians call themselves religious, less than 10% regularly visit church and only 33% believe that religion is important, according to a Gallup study of religiosity. „итать
Journalist describes detention during Belarus crackdown
Independent journalist Filip Warwick was covering antigovernment protests in Minsk on March 25. He said he was detained and manhandled by Belarusian security forces. He has worked for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and described in an interview what happened. „итать