Vitali Shkliarov’s “only offense,” his wife, Heather Shkliarov, said, was writing articles critical of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s administration.
She Challenged Europe’s Last Dictator In Belarus And Was Forced Into Exile. She Says She’s The Country’s “Chosen President.”
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News from exile in Vilnius, Lithuania, that she — not Alexander Lukashenko — is “the national, chosen president” of Belarus.
Crackdowns and demonstrations continue to roil Belarus after a contested election, but the US seems reluctant to play a role in the push for an autocratic leader to share power and scale back police abuse.
A week of protests has followed a rigged election in Belarus, where President Alexander Lukashenko’s security state deployed violence and fear to cling to power.
From protests in Belarus to an oil spill in Mauritius, these are some of the most powerful photos of this week
Belarus Is Detaining Thousands Of Peaceful Protesters. Many Are Telling Gruesome Stories Of Physical And Psychological Abuse By Police.
“They said if they were given an order to kill us, they would kill us all without any hesitation,” 16-year-old Miron Vitushka, who was detained by police, told BuzzFeed News.
The first cracks began to show in the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko as a senior official and police officers resigned in protest over violence against demonstrators.
“God Forbid You Ever Have To Face The Choice That I Faced." Belarus's Opposition Candidate Has Fled The Country As The Government Cracks Down.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the former English teacher who presented the biggest challenge to Alexander Lukashenko in 26 years, disappeared overnight as violent protests gripped Minsk.
President Alexander Lukashenko has claimed a sixth election victory. But his incumbent challenger, a former English teacher, said she won’t recognize the results.
A Former Bernie Sanders Campaign Staffer Is Stuck In A Belarus Jail Cell, Charged With Disrupting The Peace
Vitali Shkliarov faces up to three years behind bars for allegedly organizing an illegal campaign rally for the candidate challenging President Alexander Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s Last Dictator.”
Three women political novices have captured Belarusians’ imagination with a promise of change and three simple hand gestures that have become symbols of hope for many: ✌️✊❤️.
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Almost Everyone Is Taking The Coronavirus Seriously. Apart From The Country Where Even The Soccer League Hasn’t Been Suspended.
“It’s better to die standing on your feet than to live on your knees,” said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, before a hockey game last week.
As a young reporter in Eastern Europe in 2001, I expected to witness the “end of history” and the flowering of democracy. That was just one of the mistakes I made.
When Italy's lyrics included the line: "I love parking inattentively."
American survivors tell the inside story of the fatal explosion that killed a US military contractor and father of two. The blunders that led up to his death expose deep problems in farming out much of America’s Syria strategy to private companies. Now, the feds are investigating.
A proposed tax in Belarus promises to fine people $230 if they haven't worked in the past six months in order to push them to find a job. Critics say the levy punishes people who are already impoverished.
International rights groups are calling for a swift investigation into the death of Pavel Sheremet.
"[We] need to undress and work. Work up a sweat. If we don’t — we’ll die."
Exit polls showed Alexander Lukashenko winning a fifth term as president of the repressive post-Soviet state on Sunday with over 80% of the vote — the exact total he had said he would get.
As Belarus prepares to vote on Sunday, Alexander Lukashenko has no intent of relinquishing control. Max Seddon reports from Minsk for BuzzFeed News.
Svetlana Alexievich hit out at Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko during a press conference after winning the Nobel Prize in literature.
Svetlana Alexievich is known for her work as an investigative journalist in Russia and the former Soviet Union. BuzzFeed News's Max Seddon attended Alexievich's press conference in Minsk on Thursday, where she criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A multimillion-dollar deal with a minuscule arms dealer led to the death of a US citizen, delays in arming Syrian rebels, and the purchase of weapons from a pro-Russia dictatorship — all for a pile of defective 30-year-old weapons.
Gerard Depardieu's surprise visit to his apparent buddy and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's farm has us scratching our heads.
The two presidents will be joined by the leaders of France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus.
A new documentary about underground political theatre in Belarus feels especially timely with conflict ongoing in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin cracking down on dissent in Russia.
"Not long ago black-skinned people in America were slaves. Today they make statements about some sort of exceptionalism," says the man referred to as the "last dictator in Europe."
A fisherman bled to death in March after being bitten by one of the large rodents. More injuries are being reported as the beaver population grows in regions around the world. WARNING: Graphic image of beaver bite within.