Minsk

Lukashenka to his military generals: We should be the first to die if necessary

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Tuesday presented general's shoulder straps to a number of senior officers of the Armed Forces, the interior ministry and the Investigative Committee who had recently been promoted to the rank of general major.

Trial begins for prominent businessman Yapryntsaw and his son

The Tsentralny District Court in Minsk on July 4 started hearing a fraud case against Uladzimir Yapryntsaw, deputy director general of Triple Group, and his son Kazbek.

Lukashenka: All-Belarusian People's Assembly is real mechanism of grass-roots democracy

The All-Belarusian People's Assembly is a real mechanism of grass-roots democracy, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Wednesday in his opening address at the fifth edition of the event held at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk.

Trade ministry transformed into ministry of anti-monopoly regulation

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on June 3 signed a presidential edict transforming the Ministry of Trade into a Ministry of Anti-monopoly Regulation...

Council of Belarusian National Congress holds first meeting

Almost two weeks after the body was founded by a number of politicians in an effort to unite the country’s fractured opposition…

Emigre politician Navumchyk makes surprise trip to Belarus

Emigre opposition politician Syarhey Navumchyk arrived in Minsk on Tuesday on his first visit to Belarus in 20 years.

Opposition activists demonstrate in Minsk in support of historically national symbols

The demonstrators lined up along Independence Avenue, holding white-red-white flags. Some were handing out white-red-white ribbons to passers-by…

Organizers of congress of opposition forces set to hold the event in Yanka Kupala Park

A congress of pro-democracy opposition forces will be held in Minsk’s Yanka Kupala Park on May 15, organizers announced on Thursday

Authorities set to change university admission rules

The government is drawing up a presidential edict that will introduce changes to the rules of admission to schools of higher learning and vocational schools.

Opposition activists, environmentalists stage anti-nuclear protest in Minsk

Opposition activists protested the on-going construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus during the annual “Charnobylski Shlyakh” (Path of Chernobyl) demonstration staged Tuesday in Minsk on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclea

Opposition activists stage Chernobyl anniversary march in Minsk

  Opposition activists staged a traditional "Charnobylski Shlyakh" (Path of Chernobyl) demonstration in Minsk on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Firefighters hold stair-climbing race in Minsk

Firefighters climbed the stairs of one of Minsk’s tallest buildings in a race on April 8.

Writer Aleksiyevich attends launch event for collection of her interviews, speeches

Svyatlana Aleksiyevich (Svetlana Alexievich), the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, on Thursday attended a launch event for a collection of her interviews and speeches given to the Belarusian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Former hockey executive Berazhkow released from custody

Uladzimir Berazhkow, a prominent journalist and former general manager of hockey club HC Dinamo Minsk, was released from custody on Wednesday after spending almost eight months in a pretrial detention center.

Lukashenka calls for full normalization of relations with EU

Belarus needs to continue its policy aimed at the full normalization and expansion of its relations with the European Union, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at a government conference on April 5.

House of Representatives approves new Military Doctrine

The House of Representatives on Monday approved the first reading of a new version of Belarus' Military Doctrine that expresses the country's interest in developing relations with the European Union and understanding with NATO.

Hundreds of mourners pay last respects to poet Nil Hilevich

Hundreds of people visited the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Minsk on Friday to pay their last respects to renowned poet Nil Hilevich who passed away at the age of 84 on March 29.

Renowned poet Nil Hilevich dies aged 84

Renowned Belarusian poet Nil Hilevich, the last surviving holder of the People's Poet title, has died aged 84.

Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Ivan Kulesh

The 28-year-old Kulesh, convicted of the murder of three persons, asked the Supreme Court to uphold the sentence. He said that he deserved death and kept remarkably calm after hearing the court’s decision.

Crowd celebrates BNR anniversary in Minsk

Up to 2,000 people attended a rally staged in front of the Kastrychnik movie theater in downtown Minsk on Friday evening on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Belarusian National Republic.

Lukashenka wants pension age raised by three years

Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced on Friday that he wanted the retirement age to be gradually raised by three years for both men and women.

Stallholders gather outside tax ministry's office to demand abolition of new rules

Some 300 people gathered outside the tax ministry's office in Minsk on Monday to deliver non-food stallholders' petitions demanding the abolition of new rules introduced by Alyaksandr Lukashenka's Edict No. 222.

KGB: Businessman Yury Chyzh arrested on suspicion of felony tax evasion

Yury Chyzh, the owner of the Triple conglomerate, was arrested by KGB officers on suspicion of felony tax evasion, an offense penalized under Part Two of the Criminal Code’s Article 243, Dzmitry Pabyarzhyn, spokesman for the Committee for State Security.

Retirement age should be raised for everyone, Lukashenka says

The retirement age should be raised for everyone, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said during a government conference on the development of Belarus’ pension system.

Minister: Police targeted by information war

The police are targeted by an «information war,» Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich told reporters in Minsk on Tuesday.