Tikhanovskaya to Visit Brussels

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will discuss the dramatic developments in Belarus with opposition leader Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday, 21 September. Members of the foreign affairs committee will host Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya and other members of the Belarusian democratic opposition, Volha Kavalkova and Pavel Latushka, for a debate on the latest political developments and the popular uprising…

EESC Condemns Belarus Brutality

The EESC says it “strongly condemns” the continuous violations of human rights and the rule of law that have been taking place in Belarus since the presidential elections, which were neither free nor fair. The sweeping brutality and torture perpetrated against peaceful protesters, especially women and young people, and the unabated, arbitrary and unexplained arrests…

EP Calls for New Elections In Belarus

MEPs have called for new presidential elections in Belarus and urge the EU to sanction President Lukashenko and the perpetrators behind Alexei Navalny’s poisoning. The situation in BelarusIn a resolution adopted by 574 votes in favour, 37 against with 82 abstentions today (17 September), the European Parliament rejects the official results of the “so-called presidential…

Belarus Coordination Council Nominated for Sakharov Prize

The democratic opposition of Belarus represented by the Coordination Council and number of opposition figures including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, will be nominated by the EPP Group for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – the prize which honours those who, like Andrei Sakharov, dedicate their lives to fighting for fundamental and human rights. “The whole…

Quo Vadis Belarus, Ukraine and Russia?

As anxiety rises inside the Kremlin, opposition activists and experts working in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and internationally will speak about what they most fear and what they believe will happen next at an online event on Tuesday. Democracy campaigner Olga Zubrilova will explain what it feels like to take to the streets in Belarus in the…

Latest developments in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Martin Banks interviews Olivier Védrine Chief Editor of the Russian Monitor about Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also speaks about the case of Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, a Russian politician and anti-corruption activist who came to international prominence by organising demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Putin, and…

The Citizens of Belarus Have Spoken. Will the EU Support Them?

We publish here in full an open letter signed by the 8 MEPs: Manfred Weber, Sandra Kalniete, David McAllister, Andrius Kubilius, Michael Gahler, Miriam Lexmann, Andrzej Halicki, Radosław Sikorski, “Belarusians supporting democracy who long for change are the moral victors of yesterday’s election. The result is clear: the majority of Belarus voted against Mr Lukashenko and in…

From Russia With Love

The result of an election in Belarus is usually a foregone conclusion, but the run-up to polling day is rarely dull, and this year has certainly been no exception.  Presidential elections are due to be held in Belarus on Sunday 9 August. Already since June there have been ongoing street protests by opposition democratic parties…

Journalism Under Threat

Journalism is more dangerous – and more under threat – than at any point in the last decade, according to a report by the globally respected international group, Reporters Without Borders (RWB). Both freedom of speech and information serve as indicators of freedom in society.  But journalists, correspondents and reporters, even those who do not…

Belarus says new nuclear plant will slash Lithuania’s dependency on Russian energy

A new nuclear power plant, thought to be the newest in the world, is set to become operational in Belarus this summer, despite continuing fierce opposition from neighbouring Lithuania.  The facility, called Astravyets, just 45 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and is set to go online this month with one principle aim being to…