Staff at Belarus’s ministry of defence spray disinfectant on each other after disinfecting a hospital in Minsk on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has invited foreign leaders to join him for a major military parade and other events to mark the end of the (...)

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (R) and his son Nikolai (middle) light candles at an Orthodox Easter service. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/EPA

Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus, has swatted away criticism of his unorthodox handling of the coronavirus outbreak, even (...)

Mannequins fill seats during Dynamo Brest’s clash with FC Shakhter Soligorsk. Photograph: Alexey Komelkov/AP

Belarus’s FC Dynamo Brest, one of a handful of soccer clubs still playing in Europe, is filling its stands with mannequins sporting cut-out portraits (...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in action during an ice hockey competition in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Andrei Pokumeiko/EPA

As most of the world turns to social distancing, face masks and hand sanitiser to slow the spread of coronavirus, Belarusians are being told that far(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (R) and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko (L) shake hands in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Pool/Belta/EPA

The US has offered to supply Belarus with all the oil it needs and end its energy dependence on Moscow, amid rising concern in Minsk that Russia’s pus(...)

 Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko: critics do not expect any democratic breakthrough in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko flew to Austria on Monday for a rare visit to the European Union, as the West sounds out the veteran autocra(...)

 Pat Hickey  at the inaugural European Games four years ago in Baku. Photograph. Inpho

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey has been invited to the European Games in Belarus without the approval of the reformed Irish Ol(...)

Locals pray next to the line of wooden crosses marking the Soviet-era mass grave site in Kuropaty, close to the Belarus capital of Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

A court in Belarus jailed a prominent opposition leader on Tuesday for organising a protest against the demolition of a memorial to victims of Josef S(...)

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

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