The Belarusian security threat – Part I

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

While Ukraine isn’t afraid of an outright invasion by Belarusian troops, it still thinks that Belarus remains a military threat, and Minsk still has the potential to pose a long-term security threat to Europe in the years ahead.

Wargaming opens studios in Belgrade and Warsaw after pulling out of Russia and Belarus

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2022

Wargaming closed its studios in Russia and Belarus following the military invasion of Ukraine, and is now adding new studios in Central and Southeast Europe.

Poor Belarusians are becoming poorer

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2022

While Belarus’ economy minister has said that sanctions should not affect the living standard of ordinary Belarusians, a recent survey made by the country’s statistical agencies shows that poor Belarusian are already becoming poorer.

EU latest sanctions on Belarus increase pressure on regime

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2022

On June 3, the EU introduced its sixth package of sanctions against Belarus and Russia, which heavily increases the economic pressure on the Minsk regime.

Belarus drastically eases entry restrictions for foreigners

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2022

Belarus drastically eases entry restrictions for foreigners in an attempt to bolster tourism revenues. Apart from more people from neighbouring countries coming to visit friends and family, the Belarus' international isolation continues to increase.

Belarus PM says Belarus will lose 30% of exports this year

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2022

Belarusian officials have in recent weeks become more open with the broad and hard-hitting effects of the Western sanctions. Their latest estimates assume a 30% loss for Belarusian exports this year due to such strictures.

Belarus’ Prime Minister confirms weapons exports to Russia

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2022

Belarusian PM confirms that Belarus supplies weapons to Russia. Roman Golovchenko said that Belarusian weapons were in demand not only domestically but also in Russia and the two countries have set up join R&D-projects to navigate Western sanctions.

Belarus announces next stage in “surprise inspection” of its armed forces

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2022

Lukashenko’s attempt to save face via mixed messages of peace and increased threats of war with the West and Ukraine haven’t got him very far and many Belarusians are more than eager to bring the fight to Lukashenko.

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

Belarus expands its use of the death penalty

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2022

Belarus has broadened the legal use of death by firing squad in order to further supress oppositional activity within the country, creating a further rift with the West and with the country's population.

Western sanctions block $16bn-$18bn worth of Belarusian exports

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2022

Belarus' prime minister said that Western sanctions had blocked almost all the country's exports to the EU and North America.

Lukashenko hits out at lack of unity shown by member nations of Russia-led military bloc

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

Nordic Nato accession set to reinforce Baltic states' security

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 16, 2022

The accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will transform the picture in the Baltic region but more military deployments are still needed, argue Baltic experts.

What's behind Belarus' latest troops movements along the border with Ukraine?

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

While Belarus' latest troop increases along the border with Ukraine have worried many, these actions should be seen in the light of Lukashenko's aim of de-escalating tensions with the West while showing loyalty to Putin.