Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Karatkevich asks election authorities to invalidate vote results

Tatsyana Karatkevich on Wednesday formally requested the central election commission to invalidate the results of Belarus' October 6-11 presidential election.

EU foreign ministers agree to suspend sanctions against Belarus

At their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the European Union’s foreign ministers agreed to provisionally suspend the bloc’s restrictive measures against the Belarusian authorities.

Lukashenka said to have won with 83.49 percent

Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, announced at about 2:30 a.m.

Lukashenka promises to discuss issue of possible Russian airbase in Belarus with Putin

”I swear I have not discussed this issue with Putin,” the Belarusian leader said at a polling station in Minsk after casting his ballot in the presidential election.

Lukashenka warns of crackdown on further unsanctioned opposition protests

Alyaksandr Lukashenka warned on Sunday that unsanctioned opposition street protests would no longer be tolerated after the polls closed later in the day.

Karatkevich votes for herself

Presidential candidate Tatsyana Karatkevich told reporters at a polling station in Minsk on Sunday that she had voted for herself.

Lukashenka promises no shift in economic policy

Alyaksandr Lukashenka made it clear on Sunday that no drastic economic reforms should be expected.

Four presidential hopefuls put on ballot

The central election commission on Thursday granted registration as presidential candidates to four out of the six contenders.

Presidential election set for October 11

The House of Representatives of the Belarusian National Assembly unanimously voted Tuesday to set October 11 as the date for a presidential election.

Human rights groups condemn European Olympic Committees for “sportswashing” human rights abuses in Azerbaijan

The coalition also condemns EOC President Patrick Hickey for praising the Azerbaijani leader, Ilham Aliyev.

Kobryn-based opposition activist Ales Mekh launches presidential bid

Apart from Mr. Mekh, six persons have already announced their intention to run in this year’s presidential election...

Authorities have no plans for liberalization, Belarusian Popular Front leader says

The Belarusian authorities have no intention to move toward political liberalization despite stepping up their dialogue with the West,

High-ranking EU official meets with Belarusian civil society activists

Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general at the European External Action Service, met with representatives of Belarus’ civil society in Minsk.

Lukashenka meets with EEAS deputy secretary general

Alyaksandr Lukashenka met Tuesday in Minsk with Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Poroshenko upbeat about relations with Belarus

There are absolutely no problems in relations between Ukraine and Belarus for the first time in many years, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said while meeting with Alyaksandr Lukashenka prior to a “Normandy Four” summit in Minsk.

Russian reporter barred from covering Ukraine peace talks in Minsk over provocative behavior

Pavel Zarubin, a reporter of Russia’s federal television channel Rossiya (Russia), was removed Wednesday from the Independence Palace in Minsk and banned from covering the “Normandy Four” summit over provocative behavior.

Twenty-eight countries represented at international book fair in Minsk

Publishers based in 28 countries are taking part in the 22nd Minsk International Book Fair that was opened in the Belarusian capital city on February 11.

Brest government bans 18 anti-Lukashenka demonstrations

The Brest City Executive Committee has rejected all 18 applications for permission to stage a number of small demonstrations on January 17 to demand the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and protest the ongoing financial crisis.

Opposition activist Vasil Parfyankow flees Belarus

Vasil Parfyankow, an opposition activist who was released from a correctional facility in Horki, Mahilyow region, on December 5 and placed under “preventive police supervision” after serving out a one-year prison term, has fled Belarus.

Lukashenka appoints Alyaksandr Radzkow presidential aide, relieving him of position of first deputy head of Presidential Administration

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on December 20 appointed Alyaksandr Radzkow to serve as presidential aide, relieving him of the position of first de

Lukashenka expected to meet with president of Ukraine on Sunday

Alyaksandr Lukashenka is expected to meet with Petro Poroshenko on December 21.

Experts lambaste 30-percent tax on purchases of foreign currency

Experts have criticized the government's move to introduce a 30-percent tax on purchases of foreign currency by individuals and legal entities.

Lukashenka warns Minsk authorities against foot-dragging on investors' projects

Alyaksandr Lukashenka warned on Monday that the Minsk city authorities should not drag their feet on projects proposed by private investors.

Lukashenka orders Minsk authorities to keep prices at bay during New Year’s celebration period

Authorities should take measures to curb the growth of prices in Minsk during the New Year’s celebration period, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Monday while meeting with Andrey Shorats, head of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

Lukashenka hails proposal to establish "municipal retail chain" in Minsk

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Monday welcomed a proposal to establish what is called a "municipal retail chain" in Minsk.