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 (...)

Belarus opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: Alexander  Lukashenko “no longer represents” his people. Photograph:  Petras Malukas/AFP

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on the United Nations to help end the crisis in her country, as the autocratic regime o(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A survey in June found Navalny was Russia’s second most ‘inspirational’ politician, after the president. File photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo

Alexei Navalny’s visit to Siberia last week went like most of the trips he has taken across the country to galvanise anger against Russian president V(...)

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(...)

Anti-goverment protesters walk past an advert for army conscription in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Misha Friedman/Getty

Tens of thousands of Belarusians have rallied again to demand the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko, defying warnings from the autocratic (...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko speaks to employees at an agricultural plant outside Minsk, Belarus on  Friday. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/AP

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has vowed to quell the biggest-ever protests against his rule in the coming days, as opposition leader Svetl(...)

Belarusian women form a chain in support of the opposition to demonstrate against police brutality and the presidential election results. Photograph: EPA

Belarusian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a council set up by opposition leaders, as strongman Alexander Lukashenko battles to (...)

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(...)

Presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on Belarus’s security apparatus to abandon  President Alexander Lukashenko. Photograph: AFP

The march by 200,000 people in Minsk, as well as tens of thousands in other cities across Belarus, reportedly had a festive air. The emboldened opposi(...)

Thousands rally in support of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Minsk. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich

Autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has turned to Moscow for help as hundreds of thousands of protesters called on him to resign for all(...)

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