Putin, Lukashenko meet for six hours of intensive talks in Sochi

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2021

This was the second time the two presidents had met in Sochi since Belarus was plunged into its worst political crisis of Lukashenko’s 26 years in office following the disputed August 9 presidential elections.

Belarus retail sales down by 0.9% in January

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2021

In January 2021 retailers reported sales of BNY4.2bn ($1.7bn), which accounted for 99.1% of retail sales in January 2020 in comparable prices, according to National Statistics Committee, as cited by the state-owned BelTA.

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.

Ukraine and Lithuania imported record amounts of power from Belarus, but move to break ties with its power grid

Ben Aris in Berlin February 17, 2021

Ukraine imported a record amount of electricity from Belarus in 2020, as other neighbouring EU countries cut their ties with the Belarusian power grid.

Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova charged with plotting a coup and setting up extremist group

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2021

Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with plotting a coup and setting up an extremist group that could see her serve decades in prison, it was reported on February 12.