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In Belarus, protest movement struggles to regain momentum - Yahoo News UK

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime is doing its best to prevent a revival of the protests that marked the second half of last year. Opposition leaders are in jail or in exile. New so-called "anti-extremist" laws make it dangerous to even show the protest movement's red and white colours. Buildings that happen to be in those colours are being repainted. Many opposition supporters are struggling to keep up morale, but others are doing just that by finding inventive new forms of activism.

via row-36004/10/2021

Day two in Varese at the 2021 European Rowing Championships - Row360 Magazine

Medical staff onsite ensured several Covid cases were discovered early and the isolation protocols swiftly put into action. Racing continued as planned and the battle to make the A-Finals was as fierce as ever. Forecasted rain never came, and the racing conditions were good – flat calm water beneath cloudless grey skies. For some athletes the day was a disappointment, but others are a step closer to greater glories.

via kyivpost04/08/2021

Belarus reports over 1000 new cases of COVID-19 for 2 consecutive days | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice - Kyiv Post

MINSK – A total of 331,808 tests for the novel coronavirus have come back positive in Belarus since the beginning of the pandemic, the Belarusian Health Ministry said in a statement on April 8. Belarus reported 1,272 new cases of COVID-19 and ten deaths in the past 24 hours. There were 1,278 new infections on […]

via it.usembassy.gov04/07/2021

US and partners seek to deter human rights violations | US Embassy & Consulates in Italy - US Embassy Rome

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. “At ...

via news.yahoo03/29/2021

Belarus investigates opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya for terrorism - Yahoo News

The Belarus prosecutor's office has opened a criminal case against opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act, the Belta news agency said on Monday, citing prosecutor general Andrei Shved. Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed Aug. 9 election and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power. Lukashenko, 66, has faced the biggest challenge to his nearly 27-year-rule since protesters took to the streets after he was declared the winner of an election they said was rigged.

via eng.belta.by03/26/2021

11:23 Lukashenko: Belarus' COVID-19 vaccine should be the best President - Belarus News (BelTA)

The development of Belarus' own vaccine against COVID-19 is a matter of honor for the Healthcare Ministry and the National Academy of Sciences. More than that, this vaccine should be the best, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich on 26 March.

via eng.belta.by03/23/2021

Lukashenko: Belarus spares no expense to save COVID patients - Belarus News (BelTA)

"Keep in mind that we have spent a billion dollars on the COVID treatment. Should I spare this money when a person is in intensive care?.. I have visited intensive care departments 12 times, I have seen these people. We spare no expense to help them,” the Belarusian leader said.

via neweasterneurope.eu04/11/2021

Issue 3/2021: Tales from the Baltics - New Eastern Europe

This issue takes us to the Baltics in search of stories from today – 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. In many ways the processes now taking place there largely reflect those of Western European societies, which shows how integrated the Baltics are with the EU and Euro-Atlantic structures. Like elsewhere across […]

via voanews04/10/2021

Turkey's Erdogan Calls for End to 'Worrying' Developments in Eastern Ukraine, Offers Support - Voice of America

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for the "worrying" developments in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region to come to an end after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart in Istanbul, adding that Turkey was ready to provide any necessary support.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy held more than three hours of talks with Erdogan in Istanbul as part of a previously scheduled visit, amid tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the conflict in Donbass.  Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence

via kyivpost04/06/2021

Daily growth in COVID-19 cases declining in Belarus | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice - Kyiv Post

MINSK – The overall number of COVID-19 cases in Belarus has reached 329,258, the Belarusian Health Ministry’s press service said in a statement on April 6. Belarus reported 968 contagions in the past 24 hours, compared to 986 the day before. The highest number of coronavirus infections since February 14, 1,651, was reported last Friday, […]

via schengenvisainfo04/02/2021

Finnish Government to Open Seasonal Work Visa Applications for Belarusian Citizens - -

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to open a Visa Application Centre in Minsk for all Belarusian citizens wishing to apply for seasonal work in Finland. The appointments should be booked in advance, and the visa application form must be submitted in person by visiting the Visa Application Centre, reports. The applications […]

via wionews03/27/2021

Belarus blasts Eurovision ban as `politically motivated` - WION

Belarus has been rejected from participating in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands, with Minsk denouncing the decision as "politically motivated." The European Broadcasting Union said late Friday that "regrettably, Belarus will not be participating" in the May contest in the Dutch city of Rotterdam even after it had submitted a new entry following problems with the original.

via news.err.ee03/24/2021

Positive COVID-19 case forces multiple changes in football national team - ERR News

The Estonian men's national football team gathered on Monday in preparation for three upcoming matches, two of which are qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. A positive coronavirus test however has forced changes in the team, including sending team manager Thomas Häberli home to isolate.

via rferl.org03/21/2021

Belarusian Opposition Looks To Reenergize Protests Against Lukashenka - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is hoping a rally on March 25 can reignite the protest movement demanding the ouster of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The entrenched authoritarian shows no signs of giving in, amid ongoing arrests and threats to deal harshly with any new protests.

via eng.belta.by04/09/2021

Belarus' health minister: Coronavirus will be kept in check in 2022 - Belarus News (BelTA)

Dmitry Pinevich recalled that Belarus is developing its own vaccine. As this ambitious project started from scratch, the progress cannot be quick. However, researchers will try hard to roll out the vaccine in 2022. By this time, the minister believes, the coronavirus will not be as dangerous as it is today.

via eng.belta.by04/08/2021

Oleg Novitsky to listen to songs about Belarus before third space flight - Belarus News (BelTA)

Oleg Novitsky said: “I've prepared several songs. Those are Nikolai Anisimov's I Am A Pilot, songs by Belarusian performers My Motherland is Belorussiya and Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a song about attack aircraft pilots and two songs about officers of the Airborne Forces.”

via emerging-europe04/04/2021

Inside the Russian takeover of Belarus: Elsewhere in emerging Europe - Emerging Europe

Our weekly digest of articles about emerging Europe published elsewhere this week, all of which caught our eye and all of which are well worth your time. Listing them here, however, does not necessarily mean that we agree with every word, nor do they necessarily reflect Emerging Europe’s editorial policy. Soft annexation: Inside the Russian […]

via cpj.org03/30/2021

Belarus police detain and fine at least 16 journalists over protest coverage, ties to foreign news outlets - CPJ Press Freedom Online

New York, March 30, 2021 –Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Andrzej Poczobut, and stop detaining and fining members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Between March 18 and 27, Belarusian authorities detained at least 16 journalists and fined at least three members of the press, according to news reports, and...

via eng.belta.by03/26/2021

Lukashenko: Belarus' COVID-19 vaccine should be the best - Belarus News (BelTA)

The development of Belarus' own vaccine against COVID-19 is a matter of honor for the Healthcare Ministry and the National Academy of Sciences. More than that, this vaccine should be the best, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich on 26 March.

via startribune03/23/2021

Top UN rights body approves greater scrutiny of Sri Lanka - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted resolutions calling on the office of the U.N. human rights chief to step up its monitoring of the situation in Sri Lanka and urging Israel's government to ensure that Palestinian areas have "non-discriminatory" access to COVID-19 vaccines.