Svetlana Tikhanovskaya : “I’m still not a politician and it is particularly difficult to try to be one at such a tough period for my country.” Photograph:  Arturas Morozovas/Getty

The summer Alexander Lukashenko became president of Belarus, an 11-year-old girl called Svetlana Pilipchuk travelled from its small southern town of M(...)

Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich at her apartment in Minsk. Ambassadors from several EU states gathered at her flat after she said unidentified men kept ringing her doorbell. Photograph: TUT.BY/AFP via Getty

Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich has accused the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko of terrorising his opponents, as mo(...)

Maria Kolesnikova, one of Belarus’s opposition leaders, who has been detained. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Opposition activists in Belarus are demanding to know the whereabouts of high-profile protest leader Maria Kolesnikova, after she reportedly foiled a (...)

Belarusians attend a protest rally against the results of the presidential elections, Minsk. Photograph: EPA

Security forces in Belarus detained scores of protesters and were filmed beating a man as he lay on the street, as the authorities launched a crackdow(...)

Belarusian opposition figure  Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks to US deputy secretary of state Stephen Biegun during their meeting in Vilnius on Monday. Photograph: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya campaign office via AP

Several prominent opposition activists have been detained in Belarus as its autocratic president, Alexander Lukashenko, tries to ride out an unprecede(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Russia has warned European powers that foreign interference in Belarus would be “unacceptable”, as EU leaders prepared for emergency talks on a crisis(...)

Ukrainian police detain a man who tried to throw an egg at the Belarusian embassy in Kiev following  Lukashenko’s election win claim. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Belarusian police beat and detained peaceful protesters for a second successive night as anger over a disputed election brought thousands of people on(...)

Riot police disperse protesters after polls closed in the Belarus presidential election in Minsk on Sunday. Photograph: Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images.

Opponents of Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko have said they are ready for a long struggle to remove him from power, after a presidential elec(...)

Supporters of presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during her campaign rally in Minsk on Thursday night. Photograph:  Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin has called on Belarus to release 33 Russian mercenaries arrested on suspicion of collaborating with opposition figures to commit terrorist(...)