Associates fear for safety of Zmitser Dashkevich

A man told Mr. Dashkevich that he had learned that the opposition activist would “have problems” in the Hlybokaye prison and would, perhaps, be killed...

International Finance Corporation set to increase investment in Belarus

  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) plans to increase its investment in Belarus, Max Yacoub, head of the organization's office in Minsk, said at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich on July 14.

Byabenin said to have been in state of high alcohol intoxication

The pathologist who did the autopsy on Aleh Byabenin found that the journalist had been in a state of high alcohol intoxication, Tatsyana Kalinina, senior aide to the Minsk region prosecutor, told BelaPAN on Thurs

New issue of private weekly Nasha Niva prevented from sale through Belsayuzdruk network

Belsayuzdruk, a state monopolist that runs a network of newsstands and stores across Belarus, has not released for distribution a new issue of the Belarusian-language private weekly Nasha Niva, BelaPAN reports.

Belarus joins Customs Union but differences persist

Despite the establishment of the Customs Union, Russia has refused to scrap its export duty on crude oil and petroleum products supplied to Belarus.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova to visit Homyel region

The athlete, 23, will head for Belarus from the Wimbledon tournament to meet with young people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Lithuanian businesspeople ask Lukashenka to ensure that draft agreement on local border traffic is signed as soon as possible

The agreement allowing people who reside in the 50-kilometer border area to travel without a visa was expected to have been signed as far back as September 2009.

Authorities put voter turnout at 79.1 percent

As many as 29.3 percent cast their ballots during the early voting stage between April 20 and 24, up by 4.4 percentage points compared with the 2007 elections.

Kazulin attends father-in-law’s funeral

Opposition politician Alyaksandr Kazulin attended the funeral service for his father-in-law Ivan Sabalewski in Dzyarzhynsk, a small town some 40 kilometers southwest of Minsk, on August 17.