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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.

Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya boosts her height with books as she prepares to film a press video with Veronika Tsepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova in Minsk on Aug. 6 ahead of the election.

The Woman Who Started a Revolution in Minsk

As protests swell across the country, Belarusians are calling for the return of the unlikely politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko plant a tree during a ceremony unveiling the Soviet Soldier Memorial near Rzhev, Russia on June 30, 2020.

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target? 

As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood. 

Crowds gather for an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 6.

Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus

The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator

The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.

Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future

The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.

People carry a giant Belarusian historical white-red-white flag during a rally against a Belarusian-Russian integration project in Minsk on Dec. 7, 2019.

The Birth of Belarusian Nationalism

In trying to bring Belarus and Russia together, Lukashenko may have awakened his country’s citizens to how independent they really want to be.

Belarusian opposition protesters carry a giant flag during a rally in Minsk on March 24, 2013.

Belarus May Be Key to Solving NATO’s Problems with Russia

Tensions between Moscow and Brussels have led to a dangerous militarization of Eastern Europe. But Minsk is showing an alternative.

A police officer guards the area near Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid ahead of Friday prayers in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 26.

The World This Weekend

Sri Lanka deals with the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Adam Woroniec, a retired geography and history teacher, in the gym of the school where he once worked on April 12.

Zombie Movies, Disaster Tourism, and Broken Lives

Thirty-three years after the Chernobyl meltdown, parts of the contaminated zone have become attractions. In others, a harsher reality persists.

Russian T-90 tanks take position before firing in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22, 2017 during the first day of the "Army 2017" International Military-Technical Forum. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Russia Practicing a Dry Run for an Invasion of Belarus?

With tensions worsening between the two countries, Russia’s massive military exercise is firing a couple thousand warning shots at a reluctant ally.

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Trump Calls Duterte, Venezuela Protests, Belarus Cracks Down: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

Catch up on the top headlines from the weekend, and learn what to watch in the days to come.

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What Exactly Is Going on Between Russia and Belarus?

Lukashenko is speaking as though there’s a new development to watch. In reality, it’s a repeat performance.

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