Belarus

Belarus arrests 33 Russian military contractors ahead of presidential elections

By Jason Melanovski, 7 August 2020

The arrest of 33 Russian military contractors in Belarus makes clear that the long-standing ally of Moscow has become a new hotspot in the growing conflict between the United States and Russia.

Russia seeks to ease tensions with Belarus over energy dispute

By Andrea Peters, 25 February 2020

Russia will compensate Belarus $300 million to offset energy price hikes, as Moscow works to preserve its alliance with Minsk.

Russian-Belarusian energy talks fail as Minsk moves closer to the US, NATO

By Clara Weiss, 11 February 2020

The recent flaring up of tensions is taking place as the US is aggressively escalating its push toward drawing Minsk into its orbit.

Belarus workers hit by hyperinflation and social cuts

By Clara Weiss, 9 August 2012

Like all of the ex-Stalinist Eastern European countries, Belarus has been devastated by the international economic crisis and now stands on the verge of a social explosion.

Belarus cracks down on opposition in wake of presidential vote

By Niall Green, 15 January 2011

The regime of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus has brutally cracked down on opposition political parties and mass protests following the December 19 presidential elections.

Belarus receives $2.5 billion IMF loan

By Niall Green, 22 January 2009

Belarus has secured a $2.5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund. The bailout comes amidst a crisis of the economies of the whole eastern European region.