Newsletter

Key Events: October 11-17

This past week: European Parliament votes on Belarus resolution, calls for International Criminal investigation into Lukashenka, authorities purge hundreds of human rights defenders & more. Announcemenets & Past Events Oct 20: Wilson Center: Politics and Civil Society in Belarus a year after mass protests. Event Sponsor: Kennan Institute. Webinar time 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET Oct 15: What the He is going on in Belarus and What do the Russians want?

Key Events: October 4-11

This past week: European Parliament votes on Belarus resolution, calls for International Criminal investigation into Lukashenka, authorities purge hundreds of human rights defenders & more. Past Events Oct 11: An International Legal Conference was held in Nuremberg organized by the National Anti-Crisis Management of Pavel Latushka and dedicated to justice for the crimes of the Lukashenka regime. Read opening remarks by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Top Stories Oct 7: European Parliament votes for resolution on Belarus

Key Events: September 27 - October 3

This past week: deadly shooting between protester and KGB officer, arrests over social media comments, major Human Rights organizations liquidation & more Top Stories Sep 29: Shooting in Minsk, dozens detained over social-media comments Belarusian security forces shot dead a 31-year-old man, identified by the pro-democracy opposition as an IT worker with U.S. company EPAM Systems during a raid on Tuesday at an apartment block in the capital Minsk.

Key Events: September 20-26

This past week: Another migrant death at the Belarus-EU border, KGB crackdown on factory workers & continuing deterioration of freedoms in Belarus Announcements & Events CEPA Forum 2021: Renewing the Transatlantic Alliance in a Contested World. September 28-30. The list of speakers includes prominent political and military figures, as well as leader of democratic Belarus forces Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Learn more & sign up here. Top Stories Sep 24: Fifth migrant dies in Belarus border area

Key Events: September 13-19

This past week: Tensions over Zapad 2021 military exercises continue to escalate, as Cyber Partisans find new ways to expose Lukashenka’s secrets. Announcements & Events The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission) announced the Seeking Justice and Freedom in Belarus Hearings on September 21, 2021, at 2:30 PM EST. Watch live: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission Joint Statement on Belarus: End attacks against the Viasna Human Rights Group.

Key Events: September 6-13

This past week: new Iron Curtain descending on Europe, more repressions in Belarus, EU-Belarus border crisis & deeper integration with Russia Top Stories Sep 9: Putin and Lukashenka move to integrate economies of Russia and Belarus Lukashenka and Putin have signed 28 “road maps”, further increasing Russia’s influence over Belarus. They agreed to coordinate the countries’ macroeconomic policies, institute common tax and customs measures, harmonise other financial controls, and to integrate energy markets.

Key Events: August 30 - September 6

This past week: Political dissident purge in Belarus, new Union State and military agreements between Lukashenka and Putin, border crisis with Eastern Europe & more. Top Stories Sep 6: Belarus opposition leader sentenced to 11 years in prison A Belarusian court has sentenced the senior opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava and the Tsikhanouskaya campaign’s former lawyer Maksim Znak to 11 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, after a two-month-long trial behind closed doors.

Key Events: August 23-29

Last year, we saw a million people on the streets of Belarus. Those people have not disappeared, their opinion of Lukashenka did not change (Images from August 23, 30 protests in 2020). Top Stories Aug 23: IMF gives €850m to Belarus despite fierce opposition The IMF awarded a payment totaling $1 billion to Belarus despite the lack of recognition of the current Belarusian government by the international community.

Key Events: August 16-22

Collage series dedicated to the events 2020 in Minsk - Artist: Carolina Poliakowa Top Stories Aug 16: Belarusian activist who slit his own throat in court gets lengthy prison term Political prisoner Stsiapan Latypau was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison and a $4,000 fine on Monday, as the prosecution requested. Latypau pleaded not guilty to all charges. Earlier, he attempted suicide in the courtroom, alleging pressure to enter a guilty plea under threats of retaliation to his family.

Key Events: August 9-15

Project Cell #18 is a collection of stories from Akrestina prison where 36 women were kept in a 4-person cell for days without access to food, water or clean air Top Stories Aug 12: Belarus to get $1 billion from IMF, undermining U.S. push Belarus’s authoritarian regime is set to get almost a $1 billion lifeline from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on August 23. The IMF insists that its actions are guided by the international community, which “continues to deal with the current government in Belarus”.