Belarus

Maria Snegovaya 15 Sep 2020
(Monkey Cage) Russians don’t like military adventures in bad economic times, my research finds. Yesterday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi to discuss closer integration. The ongoing political unrest in Belarus — a small country that is politically close to Russia and borders it on its west — has led some...
Pavel Baev 15 Sep 2020
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Five weeks of peaceful mass protests in Belarus after the falsified elections on August 9, have profoundly changed this formerly rather stable and conservative country, impressed its European neighbors, and set a sharp challenge for Russia, which is tied to this partner in a peculiar “Union State” arrangement undergirded by strong historical, cultural and economic...
PONARS Eurasia 14 Sep 2020
(Majlis Podcast) For weeks, people in Belarus have been protesting against the results of that country’s August 9 presidential election that saw longtime incumbent leader Alyanksandr Lukashenka claim an overwhelming victory that few of his countrymen believed was true. [...] This week’s guests are, speaking from Washington, Erica Marat, associate professor at the National Defense University and...
(China's Resource Risks) The massive ongoing protests starting in August 2020 in capital city Minsk and throughout the country, galvanized by President Alexander Lukashenko's fraudulent reelection, have Chinese leaders in a pickle. Why is China interested in Belarus? Belarus' location puts it at the center of the crossroads of China's Belt and Road trade route to Europe. According to a German...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Aug 2020
(Jacobin) Since Belarus’s disputed election, both President Alexander Lukashenko and the liberal opposition have recognized the importance of strike actions in deciding what happens next. But while there have been protests across Belarus’s major workplaces, a long-shackled labor movement faces an uphill struggle to advance a political agenda of its own. [...] Added to this is the fact that...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Aug 2020
(Pledge Times) Russian opposition leader, activist and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Alexei Navalnyi, 44, is a real “stick under the skin” for an influential district in the Kremlin. In recent years, he has managed to organize a huge Russian anti-government opposition in a short time and get thousands of Russians to take to the streets to oppose the corrupt...
Peter Rutland 19 Aug 2020
(TOL) The demonstrations in Belarus protesting the fraudulent 9 August elections are continuing into their second week, with no signs of abating. Yesterday, 16 August, saw dueling meetings of pro- and anti-government supporters – with 30,000 in the former and over 200,000 in the latter, according to the BBC. Most of the 7,000 or so people initially arrested have been released from detention, and...
Harris Mylonas 18 Aug 2020
(Cambridge Core blog) For decades, external observers have dismissed Belarus as a country with a weak or contested national identity and an underdeveloped civil society. Academic articles about the country often remark on how little it has changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Belarus was the domino few expected to fall when a series of color revolutions swept the region in the...

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