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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “The fate of Ukraine is closely tied to that of Belarus”. An exclusive interview with the Belarusian opposition leader

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “The fate of Ukraine is closely tied to that of Belarus”. An exclusive interview with the Belarusian opposition leader

July 20 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Alexander Lukashenko's regime. Four years ago, his political stability in Belarus was seriously undermined by mass protests: democratic Belarusians at the time called for new elections and supported Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The break-up of demonstrations was followed by a brutal repression that forced many of them to leave the country, including the leader of the democratic forces. Veridica spoke to Tsikhanouskaya about the current state of the opposition, the release of political prisoners and what we can expect from the presidential election slated for next year in Belarus.

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
22 Jul 2024
Belarus is a country under sanctions. How does its economy, society, and state survive?

Belarus is a country under sanctions. How does its economy, society, and state survive?

So far, Western sanctions had little impact on Belarus’ economy. However, they made the country increasingly dependent on Russia and they caused new rifts within the society.

Alexander Malyarenko
Alexander Malyarenko
16 Jul 2024
UEFA is ignoring the political clampdown against Belarusian football players

UEFA is ignoring the political clampdown against Belarusian football players

Dozens of players have been harassed by authorities in Belarus since 2020. UEFA didn’t react, while allowing EURO 2024 games to be broadcast by state propaganda media.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
12 Jul 2024
Nuclear weapons in Belarus: a propaganda fake or real threat?

Nuclear weapons in Belarus: a propaganda fake or real threat?

Almost a year after Aleksandr Lukashenko announced that Russia has started to ship nuclear weapons to Belarus, it’s unclear whether they are there and who controls them.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
24 May 2024
Belarus: video “confessions” as a regime weapon against the opposition

Belarus: video “confessions” as a regime weapon against the opposition

Videos of opposition activists confessing trumped up crimes and praising Aleksandr Lukashenko have been increasingly used in Belarus.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
29 Apr 2024
Lukashenko’s Wagner army is more of a propaganda tool than an actual threat

Lukashenko’s Wagner army is more of a propaganda tool than an actual threat

The relocation of Wagner forces to Belarus following Prigozhin’s aborted rebellion proved to be a propaganda move. Within a year, Lukashenko’s Wagner army, brandished as a threat to neighboring NATO countries, virtually melted away. It also failed to help Lukashenko achieve his objective of foraying into the lucrative mercenary business in Africa.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
01 Apr 2024
Belarus: no more carrots, only a stick

Belarus: no more carrots, only a stick

Elections in Belarus were anything but free, with no opposition candidates or independent observers, and a government disinformation campaign designed to instill fear. The opposition managed, nonetheless, to get its message to at least part of the electorate, and in spite governmental efforts, turnout was lower than expected.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
01 Mar 2024
Belarus in Putin's orbit: political repression and elections with a predictable outcome

Belarus in Putin's orbit: political repression and elections with a predictable outcome

On February 25, Belarus will hold local and legislative elections, the first since the anti-Lukashenko protests of 2020. Minsk clamped down on the opposition in the run up to the elections, and only pro-Lukashenko candidates are competing. Belarus remains firmly in Russia’s orbit.

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
22 Feb 2024
Anxiety in the Baltic states about Wagner’s next move

Anxiety in the Baltic states about Wagner’s next move

Latvia’s unfinished border fence came into focus following Wagner’s rebellion in Russia and its alleged move to Belarus. Experts warn that security requires more than a fence.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
12 Jul 2023
What will happen in Belarus when Lukashenko dies? A look at several possible scenarios

What will happen in Belarus when Lukashenko dies? A look at several possible scenarios

Alexander Lukashenko’s health problems have reminded Belarussians that the dictator is a human being after all. Who will succeed him – will it be a member of the current administration, a representative of the opposition or someone appointed by Moscow?

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
13 Jun 2023
Partner of necessity or loyal ally? Belarus’s part in Putin’s war against Ukraine

Partner of necessity or loyal ally? Belarus’s part in Putin’s war against Ukraine

Alexander Lukashenko’s close ties to the Kremlin have made Belarus a co-aggressor in Russia’s war against Ukraine, which in the future might turn this country into a target of a possible nuclear retaliation. All that was made possible due to the barter Belarussian authorities consented to by allowing Putin to use a strategically important territory in exchange for keeping Lukashenko in office. Yet just how important a part does Belarus play in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and what does that entail for the future of the region?

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
20 Apr 2023
Breaking Fake News! - Belarus: state terrorism and disinformation (@ TVR1)

Breaking Fake News! - Belarus: state terrorism and disinformation (@ TVR1)

A plane flying between two EU member states was hijacked over the Republic of Belarus. A passenger, a Belarusian journalist, was arrested. The West accuses Minsk of state terrorism. Lukashenko regime accuses West of trying to trigger a color revolution in Belarus.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
21 Jun 2021
Garry Kasparov: I am fighting a Russian dictator

Garry Kasparov: I am fighting a Russian dictator

The chess great spoke with Veridica about his fight for democracy and human rights, the new type of totalitarianism in Russia and what the West should do to stop Putin. Garry Kasparov told us that he is not worried that the regime is trying to eliminate him from textbooks because, in the long run, it is not the dictators who write history. He also said that there is no point in fearing that he will be assassinated because “If someone like Putin decides that you are next on the list, it doesn’t matter if you have protection or not. You go.”

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
13 Jun 2021