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Belarusian Svetlana Tikhanovskaya  with Henry and Marian Deane who, she says, were ‘always in my heart’. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

On an emotional return to her adopted childhood summer home of Roscrea, there was one thing Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, now the leader of the opposition i(...)

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya  during a protest organised at the Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 28th, 2021. Photograph:  Romy Arroyo Fernandez/ NurPhoto via Getty

Rare is the foreign politician whose visit to Ireland combines talks with top Government officials and a trip to Knockshegowna Hill in Co Tipperary. (...)

Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich at  a foreign ministry  press conference on June 14th. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

Belarus has moved dissident blogger Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega to house arrest a month after President Alexander Lukashenko’s r(...)

 Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich;   chairman of the investigative committee Dmitry Gora;   Belarusian transport and communications ministry director  Artyom Sikorsky; chief of the air force    Maj Gen Igor Golub; and   Col  Andrey Filatov attend a press conference held by the Belarusian foreign ministry. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

He faces more than a decade in a grisly Belarusian prison for his political activities, but on Monday, Roman Protasevich took a seat beside generals a(...)

In this grab taken from video released by Belarusian state-controlled ONT Channel on Thursday, June 3, dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich reacts during his interview with Belarusian ONT Channel in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: ONT channel via AP

The European Union has banned Belarusian airlines from its airports and airspace amid international outcry over the country’s treatment of Roman Prota(...)

The Irish Government has supported calls for an ‘independent and transparent’ investigation into the deaths in custody of Ashurak and another opposition figure. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty

In the days after the dramatic forced landing of a Ryanair flight by the dictatorial regime of Alexander Lukashenko to seize an opponent who was on bo(...)

Belarusian law enforcement officers carry Stepan Latypov from a court  in Minsk after he stabbed  himself in the neck during his trial. Photograph:  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian activists say anti-government campaigner Stepan Latypov has been returned to jail after stabbing himself in the neck during his trial, as r(...)

Members of the Belarusian community in Ireland take part in protest outside the GPO in Dublin last weekend in support of political prisoners including the recently arrested journalist Roman Protasevich. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has told the Dáil the Government rejects the legitimacy of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko’s regi(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Pool/EPA

Russia has pledged to help autocratic Belarus resist growing pressure from the European Union and United States, and announced plans to beef up its mi(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko  and  Russian president Vladimir  during a boat trip on the Black Sea on May 29th, 2021. Photograph: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The US is to join the European Union in imposing sanctions on Belarus over its campaign to crush critics of president Alexander Lukashenko and its div(...)

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