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Stories about Belarus

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

COVID-19

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

28 January 2020

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

12 November 2019

Belarus 2020: A course to decolonisation?

The Bridge

Belarus is the most Russified post-Soviet country. In recent years, a series of creative civic initiatives to promote the Belarusian language have been launched to change that.

9 April 2018

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

24 February 2018

All of the Soviet Union's Academy Award-Winning Films Are Legally and Freely Available Online

Ranging from epic war dramas to romantic comedies, the Soviet Academy Award winners available online with subtitles in English and some other languages offer a perfect binge-watching opportunity.

13 May 2017

New Documentary Throws Shade on Police Investigation Into Dissident Journalist's Murder in Kyiv

A new investigative report challenges the role of Ukraine's authorities in a stalled murder case surrounding a dissident journalist assassinated in Kyiv last summer.

19 April 2017

31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl

RuNet Echo

Last week, group of Polish adventurers lit up the abandoned town of Pripyat, three miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

10 April 2017

The Thaw Is Over: The Next Wave of Repression in Belarus

RuNet Echo

The regime in Belarus hasn't changed; it’s just pretending to be democratic to get what it wants.

16 March 2017

The Amazing, Endearing PSAs of the Belarusian Ministry of Emergencies

RuNet Echo

The Belarusian ministry in charge of managing disasters and national emergencies has produced a cartoon show. The series features animals in Looney-Toons-style misadventures, and teaches children how to stay safe.

21 February 2017

The Strange Death of Russia's Closest Alliance

RuNet Echo

Almost three years ago, President Alexander Lukashenko suddenly realized that his country's weak sense of national identity was a serious problem. It's been odd times for Belarus ever since.

10 February 2017

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts

Advox

One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

25 January 2017

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

RuNet Echo

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

14 December 2016

Belarus Moves to Block Tor in Fight Against Online Anonymity

RuNet EchoAdvox

Belarus is ramping up efforts to crack down on Tor. But does Minsk actually have the ability to block the anonymity network?

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

5 October 2016

‘September': A New Platform for Leftists Across the Former Soviet Union

RuNet Echo

"It's not October yet, but it's coming." That's the tagline for "September," a new website that aims to be a platform for leftist thought across the former Soviet Union.

29 June 2016

Belarusians Get Naked and Get to Work. (President's Orders.)

RuNet Echo

Belarusian Internet users have been taking off their clothes in the workplace, after President Lukashenka's video address went viral.

10 October 2015

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

8 October 2015

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

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