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Belarus Carries Out Wave Of Detentions For Subscribing To ‘Extremist’ Telegram Channels (RFE RL)

Belarusian police have detained dozens of people in the southeastern city of Homel on charges of subscribing to “extremist” social-media channels in the latest crackdown on freedoms in the country.

Authorities have declared hundreds of opposition Telegram channels and social-media sites “extremist” since Belarus was engulfed by protests after a disputed presidential election in August 2020, and anyone operating or using such sites can face jail time or fines.

Belarus Carries Out Wave Of Detentions For Subscribing To ‘Extremist’ Telegram Channels (rferl.org)

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Belarus

‘Stay Strong’: Noted Belarusian Lawyer Who Defended Political Prisoners Deprived Of License (RFE RL)

Natallya Matskevich, a Belarusian lawyer known for having defended prominent political prisoners in the country, says she has been deprived of her license, becoming the latest attorney in Belarus to be targeted amid an intensifying crackdown on civil society and the political opposition following last year’s disputed presidential election.

Matskevich tweeted late on October 25 that the Minsk Collegiate of Attorneys had excluded her from its “proud ranks.”

‘Stay Strong’: Noted Belarusian Lawyer Who Defended Political Prisoners Deprived Of License (rferl.org)

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Belarus

Women under fire in Belarus, activists tortured and exiled – UN expert (UN News)

“The Government’s efforts to promote some rights of women at a policy level are rarely translated into concrete advancement of women’s rights in law and in practice”, said Anaïs Marin, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus.

“Flaws in legislation have for decades led to inequalities, discrimination, and protection gaps in cases of gender-based violence and abuses”.

Women under fire in Belarus, activists tortured and exiled – UN expert | | UN News

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Belarus Russia

Belarusian-Russian Economic Dependency and Trade Wars: Is There a Contradiction? (Grigory Ioffe, The Jamestown Foundation)

Two stories involving Belarus that have been unfolding over the past few weeks appear to contradict each other on the surface. These are the growing economic dependency of Belarus on Russia on the one hand, and the ongoing trade wars between both countries on the other hand. But taken together, they illuminate something much deeper about its present political-economic situation.

According to Pavel Matsukevich, a senior expert at the Center for New Ideas (an improvised think tank of a group of recently exiled Belarusian analysts), after August–September 2020, Minsk turned away from the policy of situational neutrality it had pursued at least since 2014. That policy had contributed to gradually improving Belarus’s international image. But, Matsukevich argues, the Belarusian authorities no longer position Belarus as a territory where the interests of the West and the East converge. The invented new role for Belarus is that of an outpost of Eurasianism on the border of civilizations—the first area to absorb the blow of the insidious West (New Belarus, October 22).

Belarusian-Russian Economic Dependency and Trade Wars: Is There a Contradiction? – Jamestown

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Belarus Europe

Are the EU and Belarus playing politics with refugees? (Al Jazeera)

The European Union is divided on how to respond to a migration crisis in the Baltics.

Belarus is accused of giving tourist visas to refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and then helping them cross the border into the bloc.

Poland has recorded 16,000 attempts since August.

The EU is calling it “state-sponsored smuggling”, in retaliation for sanctions it imposed on Minsk for cracking down on dissent.

Refugees are stuck in the middle. Could this standoff lead to a humanitarian crisis?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Jaroslav Romanchuk – Presdent of Mises Scientific Research Center and former Belarussian presidential candidate

Karel Lannoo – Chief executive of Centre for European Policy Studies

Are the EU and Belarus playing politics with refugees? | TV Shows | Al Jazeera

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Belarus Russia

Russia-Belarus ‘Union Shield’ drills to become key event of 2023 — defense chief (TASS)

“We summed up and approved the results of the joint work of our defense ministries in 2019-2021 and mapped out measures for military security provision through 2024 and endorsed the corresponding plan,” Sergey Shoigu noted

Russia-Belarus ‘Union Shield’ drills to become key event of 2023 — defense chief – Military & Defense – TASS

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Belarus NATO

NATO’s growing strike potential worsens Eastern Europe situation — Belarus defense chief (TASS)

As Viktor Khrenin pointed out, “in these conditions, the international security and arms control system is being dismantled, which raises the level of distrust and whips up tension in the region”

NATO’s growing strike potential worsens Eastern Europe situation — Belarus defense chief – Military & Defense – TASS

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Belarus Russia

Moscow, Minsk prolong agreements on presence of two Russian military facilities in Belarus (TASS)

According to the Russian defense minister, “the results of today’s meeting once again confirmed the unanimity of approaches of Russian and Belarusian defense ministries to cooperation in the defense sphere”

Moscow, Minsk prolong agreements on presence of two Russian military facilities in Belarus – Military & Defense – TASS

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Belarus Russia

West’s pressure drove Moscow, Minsk into new military doctrine, says Russian defense chief (TASS)

Sergey Shoigu noted that defense ministries of both countries moved over to planning bilateral military cooperation based on a five-year strategic partnership program

West’s pressure drove Moscow, Minsk into new military doctrine, says Russian defense chief – Military & Defense – TASS

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