Sofia Sapega

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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(...)

Alexander Lukashenko:  it was remarkable to witness the speed with which the EU  moved to act against the Belarusian dictator after the outrageous arrests of Roman Protasevich and his partner, Sofia Sapega. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images

Even as Alexander Lukashenko finds ever more brutal ways to repress his own people and aggravate his European neighbours, the Belarusian leader can se(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said  Belarusian  authorities have ‘blatantly ignored the democratic choice of the Belarusian people. It is time to change course’. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via AP

The European Union has offered Belarus €3 billion in support if it moves peacefully to democracy, while threatening to impose more sanctions over the (...)

 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko: Due to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday. Photograph:  Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union and other western powers have pledged to ramp up pressure on Belarus after it forced a Ryanair plane to land so that an opposition (...)

A sniffer dog checking the luggage of passengers in front of a Ryanair flight carrying  Roman Protasevich, in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: EPA

Ireland has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in which a dissident journalist (...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko addresses the parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxi Guckek/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused the West of waging “hybrid war” against him and of using a row over the diversion of a Ryanair f(...)

Videos of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega have been released on pro-Lukashenko channels

Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen who was detained along with Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich after their flight was diverted by a warplane to M(...)

This screengrab taken from an undated video made available by anonymously-sourced Telegram channel Nevolf and shared on social media and the Belarus State TV, Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich (26)  in the detention House Numero 1 in Minsk. Photograph: Telegram channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

European airliners have started bypassing Belarus as the EU moved to isolate the country after it forced a Ryanair flight to land at Minsk airport so (...)

In a video posted online on Monday, dissident journalist Roman  Protasevich said he is in good health and confessed to instigating unrest. Photograph: Telegram Channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Tuesday there was no doubt dissident journalist Roman Protasevich had been tortured, as she(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin at EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

The scrambling of a Belarusian Mig-29 fighter jet to escort a Ryanair aircraft to Minsk put the regime of “Europe’s last dictator”, Alexander Lukashen(...)

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