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Death penalty: Belarus must be accountable to someone

Belarus is the last country in Europe to apply the death penalty. It often does so in secret. 

Let them pray for death: Belarus’ war on drugs

Belarus’ anti-drug campaign is imprisoning thousands of young people on possession charges. But the evidence often doesn’t add up – or warrant such strict sentences.

Amnesia: a key feature of Belarusian memory

There isn’t much space in Belarus for public discussion about the country’s traumatic past (or authoritarian present). This theatre in Brest is doing what it can to involve people in public debate. RU

Anioł stróż Czeczenów

Przy białorusko-polskiej granicy utknęły setki zdesperowanych uchodźców z Czeczenii, którzy próbują przedostać się do Unii Europejskiej. Wielu miejscowych podchodzi do przybyszów z niechęcią – choć część decyduje się pomagać. English, RU

The Chechen watcher

Hundreds of desperate Chechen refugees are still stranded on the Belarusian border, waiting to enter the EU. Many locals are sceptical of the newcomers — but some have stood up to help. RU, Polski

Underground Belarusian

If you want your kids to grow up speaking Belarusian, you’ll need to fight for it. RU

A new Chernobyl at your doorstep?

Three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine, Belarus is building its first nuclear power station. Concerns about the project’s safety aren’t deterring the authorities.

How to make an entire generation apolitical: an interview with Belarusian anarchist Mikola Dedok

In Belarus, anarchists have made a name for themselves during the recent wave of protests which have rocked the country. We speak to Mikola Dedok, an anarchist activist, on apathy, politicisation and the failures of opposition politics. Русский

We are not parasites: understanding Belarus’s protests

Thousands have taken to the streets across Belarus to protest a law penalising the unemployed. But there’s every chance that the Lukashenka government is playing the long game.

Is Europe ready for the Belarus crisis?

A new crisis in the east of Europe may be in the making. Europe should assess how it will act — if and when it erupts.

Mind the gap between Belarus and Russia

What’s behind the bad blood in today’s Belarusian-Russian relations? Русский

A stalemate in Belarus

Two new opposition candidates prepare to take their seats after rigged parliamentary elections in Belarus. As ever, the real losers are ordinary citizens.

Cheap gas for Belarus — what’s the real price?

9.jpgJust as Belarus seems close to ending its gas dispute with Russia, its foreign minister visits Ukraine in a period of significant tension. Belarus' balancing act continues.

 

Belarus’s Chernobyl taboo

Thirty years after the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the government of neighbouring Belarus still refuses to release information about real radiation levels in the surrounding area. It’s even planning to build a new nuclear power plant. Русский

Svetlana Alexievich: the pain and dignity of life in the Soviet experiment

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The work of Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich creates a space for voices unheard and ignored. We should be wary of claims to own it. на русском языке

 

Lukashenka’s victory: the improbable nexus

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As Aleksandr Lukashenka wins his fifth term as president, are there signs that Belarus’ political stagnation might be about to change?

 

What the Belarusian elections will not be about

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If we’re going to understand what happens next in Belarus, we need to listen to the people. Русский

 

The ‘parasite law’ in Belarus

parasite.jpgIn the Soviet Union, anyone without an official job could be charged with ‘parasitism’ and sentenced to internal exile. Now Belarus has revived the idea. на русском языке

Blacklists in Belarus

This is presidential election year, which usually means a tightening of the screws on any hint of opposition.

 

Belarus has an identity crisis

RIAN_00005553.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter two decades of russification, the Belarusian government is rethinking its identity politics.

 

The art of smuggling in Belarus

Russian cigarettes - Igor Golovniov - Demotix.jpgIn Belarus, smuggling is a fine art, and, unlike stealing, morally acceptable. на русском языке

 

Gender equality is holding Belarus back

men women toilet .pngBelarus is slowly opening up to the idea of gender equality. But the conservative meaning attached to the concept is holding it back.

 

 

In Belarus, women need not apply

There are 181 occupations from which women in Belarus are banned. The Lukashenka government says this is progress. на русском языке

Dangerous acts starring the unstable elements of Belarus

A film by Madeleine Sackler, about the Belarus Free Theatre, an acclaimed group of brave, imaginative and subversive performers. 'Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus' is a daring and entertaining film, and we encourage you to show your support.

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