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Andrei Makhovsky

Belarus will shut transit routes if sanctions imposed, Lukashenko says

28 Aug 2020

MINSK/MOSCOW Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, facing a nearly three-week popular uprising since a disputed election, threatened on Friday to cut off European transit routes across his country if sanctions are imposed.

Belaruskali says operating at full capacity, Aug shipments unaffected by strike

28 Aug 2020

MINSK Belarusian miner Belaruskali, the world's largest producer of potash, said on Friday its output this month would not be affected by industrial action, after some of its workers joined large-scale protests over the country's disputed election.

Nobel laureate author emerges as powerful voice backing Belarus protests

28 Aug 2020

MINSK/KYIV Wielding a bunch of flowers and surrounded by clapping supporters, Belarus's most celebrated writer has lent a powerful voice to the opposition against President Alexander Lukashenko, even if she has so far balked at taking a leadership role.

Putin says Russia has set up force to aid Belarus leader if needed

27 Aug 2020

MOSCOW/MINSK Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Kremlin had set up a police force to support Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko at his request, although it would not be deployed unless unrest there spun out of control.

Nobel Prize-winning Belarus author calls on Russia to push Lukashenko to talk

26 Aug 2020

MINSK Belarus's most celebrated writer called on Russia on Wednesday to help persuade President Alexander Lukashenko to negotiate, as she arrived for questioning in a criminal case accusing an opposition body of an illegal attempt to seize power. | Video

Tech firms threaten to quit Belarus after crackdown, internet outages

26 Aug 2020

MOSCOW/MINSK For Belarus's thriving tech industry, it didn't matter much that the country's president referred to the internet as "garbage" and state factories as the engine of economic success. Until now.

Belarus jails two opposition leaders; teachers head rally of thousands

26 Aug 2020

MINSK Belarus jailed two opposition leaders for 10 days on Tuesday as the government pursued a crackdown on the few figures still at large, while schoolteachers led a new protest of thousands against President Alexander Lukashenko. | Video

Exclusive: Belarus won't introduce capital controls to stop rouble slide - central bank

25 Aug 2020

MINSK The Belarusian central bank will not introduce capital controls to prevent the depreciation of the Belarusian rouble as these would be counterproductive, central bank board member Dmitry Murin told Reuters on Tuesday.

EXCLUSIVE-Belarus won't introduce capital controls to stop rouble slide: central bank

25 Aug 2020

MINSK, Aug 25 The Belarus central bank will not introduce capital controls to prevent the depreciation of the Belarusian rouble as these would be counterproductive, central bank board member Dmitry Murin told Reuters on Tuesday.

Belarus arrests opposition figures, calls in Nobel laureate after mass protests

25 Aug 2020

MINSK/MOSCOW The authorities in Belarus arrested two leading opposition figures on Monday and called a Nobel laureate in for questioning, a day after thousands of people defied the army to march demanding the downfall of president Alexander Lukashenko.

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