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Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya holds a picture of her husband, jailed blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, during her speech in Prague in June. Photograph: Roman Vondrous/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

A court in Belarus sentenced the opposition leader’s husband to 18 years in jail on Tuesday after he was arrested during an attempt to run for presid(...)

A woman during a protest in Minsk in August, 2020. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty

The pro-democracy movement in Belarus is defiant as the Lukashenko regime jails and exiles critics When Belarusian police raided the media organ(...)

 Belarusian opposition figures Maria Kolesnikova (centre) and Maxim Znak during a court hearing in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

Belarus has put two more leading pro-democracy figures on trial amid continuing repression of its opposition movement, as one of the country’s Olympic(...)

Opposition politician and banker Viktor Babarik, charged with corruption and money laundering, is seen from inside a defendants’ cage during the opening day of his trial in Minsk in February. Photograph: Getty Images

Belarus has jailed an opposition leader for 14 years, and threatened to stop western goods entering the country while allowing migrants to move in the(...)

 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(...)

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