Authorities pull down crosses at Kurapaty, 15 protesters arrested

Many memorial crosses at a so-called people’s memorial at Kurapaty, a Stalin-era mass execution site just outside Minsk, were pulled down by order of authorities on Thursday morning. At least 15 people who attempted to protest were arrested by police.

Permission sought for Freedom Day rally in Minsk

Three political organizations on Monday applied to the Minsk City Executive Committee for permission to stage a rally in the city on the occasion of Freedom Day.

Death row inmate Berazhny executed

Death row inmate Syamyon Berazhny has been executed, the Vyasha Human Rights Center announced Tuesday, referring to the convict’s relatives.

Editor in chief of news section gets new charge in BelTA case

Maryna Zolatava, editor in chief of the news section of, Belarus’ largest web portal, has been charged with inaction by an official under Part Two of the Criminal Code’s Article 425 in a so-called BelTA case.

Week Against Death Penalty begins in Belarus

A series of events called Week Against Death Penalty began in Belarus on Friday.

Two leaders of independent labor union go on trial in Minsk

A tax evasion case against Henadz Fyadynich, chairperson of the Belarusian Union of Electronic Industry Workers (BUEIW), and BUEIW Chief Accountant Ihar Komlik started to be heard by the Savetski District Court in Minsk on Monday.

Ales Lipay released following questioning

Ales Lipay, the founder and director general of BelaPAN who was taken Thursday for questioning following a search of his Minsk home, was released later in the day.

Spread of "false information" on Internet may be criminalized

The Belarusian government considers criminalizing the spread of "false information" on the Internet, including by an anonymous source, Prosecutor General Alyaksandr Kanyuk said Wednesday in Minsk while presenting awards for the "best media coverage" of the activities of prosecutors' offic

BNR centenary marked by impressive rally in Minsk

The centenary of the proclamation of the independence of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR) was marked Sunday by a large-scale rally full of festive spirit in front of the National Grand Opera and Ballet Theater in downtown Minsk.

Minister criticizes delays in construction of Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant

Energy Minister Uladzimir Patupchyk criticized delays in the construction of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant during the energy ministry’s board meeting in Astravets, Hrodna region, on Wednesday.

Lukashenka places probe into conscript soldier’s death under his supervision

The investigation into the death of conscript soldier Alyaksandr Korzhych is under the personal supervision of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the Belarusian leader’s spokesperson Natallya Eysmant told reporters in Minsk on Friday.

More than 100 people in Minsk stage protest against military exercise

Former presidential candidates Mikalay Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayew led a crowd of more than a hundred people who demonstrated in central Minsk on Friday to express protest against Belarus` coming military exercise with Russia.

Sharamet’s murder remains unsolved one year later

Pavel Sharamet’s murder remains unsolved one year after the prominent Belarusian-born journalist was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv.

Government urged to launch ethnic Belarusian's certificate

An appeal urging the Belarusian government to issue special certificates to ethnic Belarusians residing abroad was adopted at the Seventh Congress of Belarusians of the World that took place in Minsk on July 15 and 16.

EU official warns Minsk over safety of nuclear power plant

The European Commission's vice president warned on Thursday that Belarus should prove the safety of its nuclear power plant before the European Union could resume its energy dialogue with the country.

Information minister defends arrests of journalists

Information Minister Liliya Ananich on Wednesday defended the multiple arrests of journalists during recent street protests in Belarus.

Statkevich links his release to authorities' fear of falling-out with West

Prominent opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich suggested on Monday that he may have been released because the Belarusian authorities tried to avoid angering the West too much.

Two members of now-defunct nationalist group arrested

Two members of a now-defunct paramilitary nationalist organization called Bely Lehiyon (White Legion) were arrested in Minsk on Tuesday night, hours after Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced the arrest of dozens of "armed militants" preparing to stage a "provocation."

Protest staged in Minsk against “parasite” tax

Several thousand protesters marched in a procession in Minsk on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the annulment of his decree imposing a so-called parasite tax on non-working people.

Lukashenka threatens to return protest organizers to prison

The opposition thugs who were in prison for previous acts and were released should be returned to prison if they fail to comply with regulations, Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested Thursday, speaking at a government meeting on the social and economic development of the country.

Protester handcuffs himself to truck to halt construction near Kurapaty

An opposition activist on Friday handcuffed himself to a truck and threw away the key to halt construction work at a site near Kurapaty, a scene of Stalin-era mass executions.

Some 2,500 people protest "parasite" tax in central Minsk

An estimated crowd of some 2,500 people marched through central Minsk on Friday evening to express protest against the so-called parasite tax imposed on non-working people by Alyaksandr Lukashenka's April 2015 decree.+

Authorities end fire safety inspections for SMEs

The Ministry of Emergency Situations announced on Thursday that it would no longer inspect small and medium-sized enterprises to check their compliance with fire safety requirements.

Natallya Kachanava appointed head of Presidential Administration

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Wednesday appointed Deputy Prime Minister Natallya Kachanava to the position of head of the Presidential Administration.