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Stories about Belarus

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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.

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.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

26 March 2015

Belarus Tightens Grip on Internet With New Data Retention Decree

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new data retention demands are just the latest in a string of restrictive Internet measures employed by Belarus in the wake of the next presidential election.

25 February 2015

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

22 June 2014

Russian Phone Prankster Fools Belarus Dictator

RuNet Echo

After Lukashenko found out he was a victim of a prank, he apparently gave his security apparatus "a week" to find Vovan and bring him to some form of justice.

10 May 2014

Two People Are Driving Around Europe to Find What It Means to Be European

On the eve of European elections, two French artists will tour Europe to meet with as many types of Europeans as possible.

7 September 2013

Presidents, Oligarchs and Potash: Russia's Trade War With Belarus

RuNet Echo

Belarusian authorities arrested Vladislav Baumgartner, CEO of Uralkaliy, a large Russian potash mining company. Russia retaliated by cancelling some of its subsidies and banning Belarusian pork imports.

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