Contents tagged with Belarus

  • In a leaked wiretap, Belarusian Interior Minister reveals Lukashenko’s orders to shoot at protesters and create special detention camps

    Belarusian opposition initiative By_Pol, the union of the security forces of Belarus,  posted on the Internet an audio recording, where a man, with a voice similar to the Belarusian Interior Minister Nikolai Karpenkov’s, discussing the use of weapons against protesters and the creation of special detention camps.

    In the released recording, one can hear Karpenkov talking about a meeting with the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, where Lukashenko directly approves the …

  • Lukashenko ready to restore relations with Ukraine

    Alexander Lukashenko expressed readiness to restore relations with Kyiv, despite the fact that Ukraine refused to recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus.

    "I don't hold grudges against (Ukraine's president) Volodymyr Zelensky. I understand him: he has said something because he is young. But this does not mean that you should always look at him, while understanding what is happening, and to be offended or angry at him," Lukashenko said in an interview with the TV channel …

  • Kremlin prepares to change power in Belarus

    The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service is working on creating a pro-Russian party "Right of the People" in Belarus which will advocate for integration with Russia but will oppose Alexander Lukashenko.

    The Kremlin and Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service have developed a so-called "plan B" for Belarus to overthrow the country's head Alexander Lukashenko, reports the Russian publication The Insider with reference to the correspondence of Chief of the Russian Presidential Directorate for …

  • Russia approves $1 billion loan for Belarus

    The Russian government has approved a draft agreement to provide Belarus with a $1 billion loan in 2020-2021.

    "To approve the draft agreement between the Russian government and the government of The Republic of Belarus, agreed with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the state development corporation VEB.RF, on granting a state financial loan," reads the document signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    According to the document, Russia …

  • Belarusian KGB chief speaks about Russia's plot against Lukashenko

    The head of the State Security Committee of Belarus Ivan Tertel said that during the trial of former presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka, the scheme of Russian interference in the presidential elections will be shown, Nasha Niva reports.

    According to the head of the special services of the self-proclaimed President Alexander Lukashenko, one of the reasons for the current political crisis in the country are economic problems.

    "We have questions with Russia about the price of oil. You …

  • Belarus to continue oil transit through Ukraine

    Ukrainian national company Ukrtransnafta extended for another year the contract for oil transit with BNK UK Ltd, which is a subsidiary of the Belarusian national oil company, said the CEO of Ukrtransnafta Nikolay Gavrilenko in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Already extended. In early December. In working order," he said, adding that the tariff and contractual conditions are the same as for the existing contract.

    "The conditions are the same. From the Belarusian side there was a request …

  • Ukrainian journalist accuses Zelensky’s administration head of derailing special operation to detain Wagner mercenaries

    The head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak is directly involved in the failure of the special operation to detain mercenaries from the Russian private military company the Wagner Group, said a prominent Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov on air of the talk show "All the Lawlessness" on Apostrophe TV.

    As Butusov notes, Yermak personally informed the Belarusian special services that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) is preparing a special operation to lure Russian mercenaries …

  • Tikhanovskaya urges Germany to actively support protesters in Belarus

    Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, one of the Belarusian opposition leaders, called on Germany to support more actively anti-Lukashenko protesters. "We hear a lot of words about support, but we need action," Tikhanovskaya told German newspaper Der Spiegel. She called for the abolition of the visa regime for those persecuted by the Belarusian authorities, as well as the expansion of EU sanctions against Lukashenko's "ruling circle".

    At the same time, Tikhanovskaya expressed confidence that the protesters …

  • Media: Kremlin opens its doors to Belarusian opposition

    People from the team of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are currently in Moscow. They visit the Russian capital regularly, reports the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

    Referring to its informed source, the newspaper notes that the Belarusian delegation consists of several people representing the Coordination Council of the Opposition. Their task is to meet with the media, experts and representatives of Russian think tanks, including those directly connected with the Kremlin. …

  • Lukashenko asks Russia for more money and weapons

    The Belarusian authorities expect to receive a new package of financial aid  from Russia, as well as modern Russian weapons.

    On Thursday, President Alexander Lukashenko approved updated guidelines for the regional military contingent - a nearly 300,000-strong army, which includes troops of the Belarusian Armed Forces and the entire Western Military District of the Russian Federation. “It has become necessary to rewrite the document that regulates the actions of the contingent established under …