Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Lukashenka issues edict increasing pension age

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has signed a presidential edict directing that the pension age should be gradually increased by three years – by six months a year – from 55 to 58 years for women and from 60 to 63 years for men.

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.

Lukashenka orders WTO entry talks stepped up

Alyaksandr Lukashenka directed on Tuesday that the government step up talks on Belarus' accession to the WTO, Prime Minister Andrey Kabyakow told reporters after a government conference chaired by the head of state.

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 sets new utility rates

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on March 23 signed a presidential edict setting new utility rates for households for 2016.

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.

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.

Some 300 demonstrate in downtown Minsk in support of stallholders

About 300 people staged an unsanctioned demonstration in downtown Minsk on Monday afternoon to demand the abolition of tough new rules for non-food stallholders at markets and shopping centers.

Death row in Belarus gets new inmate

The Minsk Regional Court has handed down a second death sentence in Belarus since the start of 2016, inflicting the death penalty on a man convicted of multiple murder, theft and other crimes.

EU lifts sanctions against Belarusian authorities

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union decided Monday not to extend the bloc’s restrictive measures against 170 Belarusian citizens, including Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and three companies.

Some 1,000 small vendors demonstrate in central Minsk

About a thousand non-food stallholders staged an unsanctioned protest in downtown Minsk on Monday to demand that Alyaksandr Lukashenka reverse his edict, which they say is impossible to comply with.

Lukashenka cuts sharply limit on duty-free imports by post

Alyaksandr Lukashenka, by his February 11 presidential edict, reduced the maximum value of goods that a person may receive from abroad by post free of duty from €200 to just €22 a month.

Lukashenka firm on tough new rules for market vendors

The government should ignore market vendors' resentment and move ahead with plans to secure an even playing field for all retailers in Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka told Trade Minister Uladzimir Kaltovich on Tuesday.

Lukashenka and Putin meet in Sochi

Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting in Russia’s Black Sea coastal resort of Sochi on Friday.

Market vendors demand talks with Lukashenka

Market vendors demanded on Monday talks with Alyaksandr Lukashenka to discuss his presidential edict that paralyzed their business at the start of this year.

Market vendors set to demonstrate against tough new rules

Perspektyva has applied to the Minsk City Executive Committee for permission to stage a demonstration on February 15 in protest against tough new rules for market vendors, Anatol Shumchanka, leader of the small business association...

Lukashenka: There is no need to change the government’s economic policy

The Belarusian leader noted that the government had raised a number of issues that required a decision at the level of the head of state, and that he had thought over the government’s proposals «for days and even for weeks.»

Lukashenka: Belarus determined to defend national interests

Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed his determination to «defend national interests» while discussing Belarus’ military doctrine with top security officials on Friday.

Lukashenka: Vendors’ «honey years» are over

The «honey years» for small business owners with sole entrepreneur status are over, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Thursday while meeting with top border guard officials after formally approving this year’s border protection plan.

EU reiterates its call on Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

The European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued a statement reiterating the European Union’s call on the Belarusian government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in connection with a new death sentence in the country.

Some 1,500 market vendors gather in Minsk to discuss tough new rules

Entrepreneurs renting stalls at markets and shopping centers in more than 20 cities traveled to the Belarusian capital for the forum, which had been organized by a small business association called Perspektyva.

Perspektyva urges authorities to respond to stall closures at markets

Perspektyva, a small business association, has called on authorities to provide a proper reaction to massive stall closures at markets and shopping malls across Belarus.

Five-year social and economic development to be adopted at All-Belarusian People’s Assembly

The program of Belarus’ social and economic development in the period between 2016 and 2020 will be presented to