BelarusAlert May 10, 2022
Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation
By Steven Pifer
Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could go nuclear. If Vladmir Putin deploys nuclear weapons there is reason to believe that Belarus itself would soon be in the firing line.
BelarusAlert May 31, 2022
From White Russia to Belarus: Norway snubs Kremlin with name change
By Peter Dickinson
Norway has announced that it will now use the name “Belarus” instead of “Hviterussland” (literally “White Russia”) in a move reflecting growing awareness that Belarus should not be viewed through a Russian lens.
BelarusAlert May 17, 2022
Putin’s only friend: Belarus is Russia’s last remaining post-Soviet ally
By Brian Whitmore
The recent CSTO summit in Moscow highlighted Russia’s lack of support even within the former Soviet region while underlining Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s status as Vladimir Putin’s last remaining ally.
Belarus’ August 2020 presidential election saw widespread protests and serious fraud allegations as President Lukashenka claimed victory against popular opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Following a brutal crackdown against protestors by security forces, will Belarus begin its transition to democracy, or will Belarusians face further repression as Lukashenka’s rule falters?
UkraineAlert Jun 28, 2023
Wagner drama drags Belarus deeper into Russia’s wartime turbulence
By Hanna Liubakova
News that Wagner chief Yevgeniy Prigozhin and many of his battle-hardened troops will be exiled to Belarus has sparked concerns that the country is being dragged further into Russia’s wartime turmoil, writes Hanna Liubakova.
UkraineAlert Apr 28, 2023
Placing Russian nukes in Belarus could destabilize Putin’s last ally
By Olivia Yanchik
Vladimir Putin’s decision to place nuclear weapons in Belarus will strengthen Russia’s grip on the country but could also spark a new wave of opposition to Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka, writes Olivia Yanchik.
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