Belarus

Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks at a conference of the Union of Women in Minsk on Sept. 17, 2020.

The West Gets Serious With Lukashenko—but Not Serious Enough

New sanctions are already affecting the regime’s behavior. Let’s tighten them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko pose on a boat.

Putin, Lukashenko Are Reluctant Authoritarian Bros

The rift with the European Union has left Belarus at the mercy of Moscow.

Protesters hold photos of detained Belarusian journalists

Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror

Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks.

Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador

As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.

Belarus democracy protesters in Berlin

To Get at Lukashenko, Punish His ‘Moneybags’

To impress the Belarusian dictator, go after his and his associates’ wealth.

A woman holds a banner during a protest against the detention of the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich in front of the European Commission representative office on May 24, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

Can Biden Do Anything About Belarus?

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s brazen air piracy and increasing closeness to the Kremlin demand a response, but Washington’s next move isn’t obvious.

Belarus guards are seen patrolling a border fence during a protest by Reporters Without Borders against the detention of Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich at the Lithuanian-Belarus border in Salcininkai, Lithuania, on May 27.

Biden Can’t Take Peace in Europe for Granted

After punishing Belarus, Washington should support the Three Seas Initiative to win the region back from Russia.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks in parliament in Minsk on May 26.

Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge

The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Has No Limits

Europe should offer Belarusians a way to escape their dictator.

Protesters gather in Poland demanding Belarus free opposition activist Roman Protasevich.

Belarus ‘Hijacking’ Opens New Playbook for Autocrats

Snatching a dissident off a European Union-flagged carrier headed to another EU country opens a dangerous door.

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to journalists.

Belarus Is Becoming Europe’s North Korea

Fear and panic spread among dissidents after journalist seized from forced-down plane.

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.

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