Issue Spotlight

Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Backing Batka: Russia’s strategic economic integration with Belarus

ONLINE EVENT – The current drama in Belarus is, above all, a popular political uprising—but it also has a significant economic cause. The struggling Belarusian economy is being propped up by Russian firms who back Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the illegitimate president who refuses to leave office.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

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.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT

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Content

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Davidzon in Tablet: Crushing democracy in Belarus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Civil Society

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Putin’s new constitution spells out modern Russia’s imperial ambitions

The constitutional amendments adopted by Russia in summer 2020 have far-reaching implications for the Russian population, but the potential repercussions are also causing considerable unease in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.

UkraineAlert by Pavlo Klimkin, Volodymyr Ivanov and Andreas Umland

Belarus Conflict
Pro-Lukashenka Gathering

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Incorrect footage exaggerates size of pro-Lukashenka protest in Vilnius

While reporting on a pro-Lukashenka gathering in Lithuania, Belarusian state media broadcast footage from a rally in Belarus instead.

Article by Lukas Andriukaitis

Belarus Disinformation
Маргарита Симоньян

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

Kremlin commentators smear Belarus opposition leaders

An online ecosystem of pro-Kremlin sources, including RT and Sputnik, amplified unsubstantiated rumors to undermine Belarusian opposition leaders and demonstrators.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

Will Belarus follow Ukraine out of the Russian orbit?

By intervening in Belarus to prop up his fellow post-Soviet dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Vladimir Putin risks repeating the mistakes made in Ukraine and fueling anti-Russian sentiment among Belarusians.

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio

Belarus Conflict

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

Carpenter and Kobets in Foreign Affairs: What Russia really has in mind for Belarus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Putin poised to buy Belarus

Belarus' dictator has turned to Russia to help overcome unprecedented protests against his 26-year reign—but the price of Kremlin backing may be the loss of control over the Belarusian economy.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

Bipartisan US Congress appeal calls for “greater leadership” in support of democracy in Belarus

As the crisis in Belarus continues to unfold, a bipartisan group of US Congress members has addressed a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging the Trump Administration to take a stronger stand.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

Putin’s Belarus intervention could be good for business

Russia's escalating intervention in Belarus is driven by the Kremlin's geopolitical concerns over the spread of democracy, but economic factors are also encouraging Moscow to prop up the Lukashenka regime.

UkraineAlert by Vladislav Inozemtsev

Belarus Democratic Transitions
Belarus State Media Interference

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

State media English-language coverage of Belarus propagates claims of Western interference

Pro-Kremlin outlets unsuccessfully push narrative that ongoing protests are yet another “color revolution” supported by the West.

Article by Jacqueline Malaret

Belarus Disinformation

Events

Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Backing Batka: Russia’s strategic economic integration with Belarus

ONLINE EVENT - The current drama in Belarus is, above all, a popular political uprising—but it also has a significant economic cause. The struggling Belarusian economy is being propped up by Russian firms who back Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the illegitimate president who refuses to leave office.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT