Belarus - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider Travel to Belarus due to COVID-19.
Belarus became an independent republic in 1991, after the breakup of the Soviet Union. In 1996, a constitutional referendum, not recognized by the international community, centralized power in the executive branch (president), headed by Alexander Lukashenko. Economic and political reform in Belarus has stalled and the Belarusian Government’s human rights record remains very poor. The March 2006 national election was judged to be seriously flawed by international observers. Democratic nations, including the United States and the members of the European Union, condemned the subsequent governmental crackdown on peaceful protests in Minsk, and imposed visa restrictions and other sanctions on senior Belarusian officials. As a result of the release of political prisoners in August 2008, the EU lifted its visa restrictions, but those of the United States remain in effect. Both Belarusian and Russian are official languages, and Russian is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in the cities. Tourist facilities are not highly developed, but food and lodging in the capital and some regional centers are adequate.
In Belarus, a Press Badge Makes You a Target
Beatings, arrests, court cases, internet blocks and revocation of press credentials ? being an accredited journalist is no longer a guarantee of protection for independent media in Belarus. Four ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:37:00 GMT
Exclusive: Lukashenko plotted murders in Germany
They planned to pose as Lukashenko "regime victims" to infiltrate the Belarus expat community in Germany and seek out their targets. They were tasked with organising reconnaissance and recruiting ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 03 Jan 2021 23:02:00 GMT
Opposition leader urges UN to halt Belarus media crackdown
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The main opposition challenger in Belarus? disputed presidential election urged the United Nations on Friday to call for a halt to ?violence and lawlessness? in the ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:55:00 GMT
Belarus, Argentina start vaccinations with Russian shots
"A new stage starts in Belarus today with mass vaccinations against COVID-19. Medical staff, teachers, and those who come into contact a lot of people due to their jobs will be the first to get ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Dec 2020 22:42:00 GMT
Belarus starts vaccination against COVID-19
Belarus received the first batch of the vaccine on Dec. 29, the press service of the health ministry reported. Medical workers, teachers and specialists who contact people will receive the vaccine in ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Dec 2020 09:28:00 GMT
Belarus Oscar Entry ?Persian Lessons? Pulled From International Feature Film Race (EXCLUSIVE)
Vadim Perelman?s ?Persian Lessons? has been pulled from the international feature film Oscar race, where the acclaimed WWII drama was representing Belarus. As part of the international ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 08 Jan 2021 14:14:00 GMT
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: ?They were sure I was a nobody?
The former language teacher from southern Belarus began 2020 with the modest ... graduating with a gold medal before studying English in Mazyr. Was that where she met Sergei?
Publ.Date : Fri, 01 Jan 2021 19:59:00 GMT
Iconic Belarusian Translator Detained in a Criminal Case
Translator and teacher Volha Kalatskaya was detained yesterday, January 15. She managed to inform on her Facebook page that she was detained and taken "for a conversation" to the Frunzenskaje police ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 16 Jan 2021 06:45:00 GMT
?I Believe That the U.S.A. Can Be the Crucial Player?
In some of her earliest interviews, soon after Belarus?s tainted August election, she was introduced as the former English teacher and homemaker taking on Europe?s last dictator; the ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 27 Dec 2020 03:40:00 GMT