Belarus

Masked women hold flowers during an anti-government protest in Belarus.

Young Belarusians Dream of Creating a Normal European Country

A generation of entrepreneurs and artists are facing prison sentences.

A Belarusian woman walks past security officers during a rally of opposition supporters in Minsk on Aug. 11, 2020.

Lukashenko’s Brutal Crackdown Has Lethal Help From Moscow

An investigation into the suppression of protests discovered the widespread use of Russian weapons.

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya delivers a speech as she receives the Sakharov Prize for human rights during the award ceremony at European Parliament in Brussels on Dec. 16, 2020.

‘Please Don’t Disappoint the Belarusian People’

As Belarus’s embattled president continues a brutal crackdown, challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tries to keep the flames of democracy alive.

Belarusian police guard a government building during a protest rally against police violence in central Minsk on Aug. 14.

Cracks Appear Among Lukashenko’s Security Forces

Signs that the Belarusian dictator’s days in power might be numbered have emerged in his security apparatus.

A protester in Belarus

The President of Belarus Has Been Stalling. Now It’s Crunch Time.

A rare about-face by the embattled president and calls by the opposition for a general strike set the stage for a new phase in the two-month-old battle for the country’s political future.

Riot police detain protesters at a march in Belarus on Oct. 11.

Lukashenko’s Talk Offers Could Trap Him or Protesters

The besieged autocrat is stuck between Russia and a hard place.

Russian matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on sale at in Moscow on July 13, 2018.

America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It

Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.

Maria Kolesnikova sits with former Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko (left) and Coordinating Council member Maksim Znak (right) on their way to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 23.

Yet Another Opposition Leader Targeted in Belarus

Maria Kolesnikova is a former musician who rose to prominence in recent protests.

A woman holds a forbidden Belarusian flag during a protest rally in Minsk on Aug. 14.

The Trump Administration Has Gone AWOL on Belarus

The Belarusian people may yet achieve the end of the Lukashenko era, but it will be in spite of the United States’ silence.

A protest in Belarus

Time Is Running Out in Belarus

Putin is signaling he wants a clear resolution—but he may not mind which side wins.

People take part in an anti-government rally in the rain in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 30.

Lukashenko Unleashed Changes in Belarus That Are Out of His Control

Whatever happens in the ongoing protests, the country’s society is increasingly less governable for a dictator.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the virtual Republican convention in a pre-recorded video from Jerusalem, Israel, on Aug. 25.

Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?

Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Mistakes Protesters’ Principles for Weakness

A surreal helicopter flight highlights the besieged Belarusian president’s belief in force.

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