Issue Spotlight

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Belarus and democracy in Europe

The remarkable events in Belarus counter the recent authoritarian trends in Europe. The democratic impulse remains powerful, and the refusal of Belarusians to accept another fraudulent presidential election has initiated a standoff whose outcome is uncertain.


Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Belarus: What’s next?

Belarus is at a historic crossroad by challenging President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s fraudulent election and demanding change. While the European Union has already decided on sanctions, the United States still must shape a response.


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Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Belarus anti-Lukashenka media falls into confirmation bias traps

Independent media outlets NEXTA Live and shared unverified information, including a video apparently recorded to undermine their credibility.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation
Belarus Police Brutality

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Belarus Interior Ministry exaggerates protester violence to justify excessive force

Two months after the contested presidential election, law enforcement has returned to using disproportionate violence against protesters.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation
False Religious Conflict in Belarus

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Kremlin creates illusion of a religious clash between Belarus Orthodox and Catholics

Open source evidence shows overall solidarity among religious groups in Belarus despite Kremlin attempt to foment conflict between Orthodox and Catholics.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Davidzon in Foreign Policy: Lukashenko’s talk offers could trap him or protesters

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Civil Society

Thu, Oct 8, 2020

Putin’s fear of democracy is fueling the crisis in Belarus

The leaders of pro-democracy protests in Belarus have repeatedly denied any anti-Russian agenda but this has failed to prevent Moscow from offering its full backing to beleaguered dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions
Czech Flashbang grenade

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

Belarus riot police disperse crowds with Czech-made flashbangs

Open-source clues on Czech arms company potentially supplying stun grenades to Lukashenka’s regime in violation of EU embargo.

Article by Lukas Andriukaitis

Belarus Central Europe

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

The West finally imposes sanctions on Belarus

After weeks of delays, the US and EU have finally imposed sanctions on the Lukashenka regime in response to the flawed August 2020 Belarus presidential election and crackdown on protests.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sun, Oct 4, 2020

Belarus protest crackdown sparks IT industry exodus

The Lukashenka regime's hard line response to unprecedented pro-democracy protests in Belarus is sparking an alarming exodus within the country's vibrant and economically important IT industry.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions
Belarus Cyber Partisans

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Lukashenka’s regime confused by protest-driven cyber attacks

Government reactions to attacks by the Belarus Cyber Partisans marred by defensiveness, contradictions and ignorance.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Cybersecurity

Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Lukashenka’s rapid decline is giving Putin nightmares

Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's worsening predicament is setting off alarm bells in the Kremlin, where events in neighboring Belarus are viewed as a possible blueprint for future unrest inside Russia itself.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions