Belarus - Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not Travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, and risk of detention. Reconsider travel due to COVID-19 and related entry restrictions.
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.
From sports stars to exiles: Belarusian athletes on life abroad
But what has happened since they left Belarus? DW spoke to some of those making new lives elsewhere. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Belarus after the Tokyo Olympics During the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2022 02:57:00 GMT
Factbox-Russian military drills in Belarus create new threats for Ukraine
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during a news conference following talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 9 ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:19:00 GMT
New draft Constitution discussed in Sakharov International State Environmental Institute
students and teachers of the university also talked about patriotic education and issues of historical memory preservation. Sergey Klishevich, Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:41:00 GMT
Belarus opposition leader hails world support after journalist arrest
VILNIUS--Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Saturday hailed support from around the world after Minsk scrambled a warplane to intercept a flight and arrested a dissident ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 17 Jan 2022 16:00:00 GMT
US indicts Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over forced Ryanair landing
Four Belarus officials have been charged in the United States with airplane piracy after diverting a Ryanair flight to arrest a dissident journalist, the US Department of Justice announced ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:05:00 GMT
New draft Constitution discussed in Vitebsk at meeting with region\'s active core
The role of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly ... The deputies, representatives of public associations and enterprises, doctors and teachers joined the national discussion. Maksim Ryzhenkov, First ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Jan 2022 03:32:00 GMT
Belarus officials are charged with PIRACY for hijacking a Ryanair jet so they could arrest a dissident journalist
Four Belarusian officials have been charged with piracy for diverting a Ryanair jet to arrest a dissident journalist on board, US prosecutors have announced. Officials include the head of ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 21 Jan 2022 03:58:00 GMT
Russia sends troops and military vehicles to Belarus in move likely to increase fears of Ukraine invasion ahead of Putin\'s \'war games\' with ally Lukashenko
Military analysts have suggested Russia could send its forces through Belarus to stretch out ... aboard the planes will remain in Ukraine to teach their counterparts how to combat Russian tanks.
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:29:00 GMT
Belarusian Model Says She Gave Info On Trump-Russia Ties To Russian Oligarch
Vashukevich and her teacher, self-styled sex guru Alexander ... comment Friday on Vashukevich?s new allegations. The Belarusian native who penned two books about seducing rich, powerful men ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:31:00 GMT
U.S., Russia Talks Yield Little Overall Progress Amid Ukraine Crisis
A military buildup along the Ukrainian border is further straining ties between Russia and the U.S., after clashes over cybercrime, expulsions of diplomats and a migrant crisis in Belarus.
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Jan 2022 03:05:00 GMT
Russian forces arrive in Belarus for joint military drills
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Publ.Date : Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:13:00 GMT
Mom was awesome: Azarenka into 4th round at Australian Open
Before Victoria Azarenka had a chance to analyze both players she might meet next, a question was posed to her son about the two-time Australian Open champion?s ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2022 20:02:00 GMT