Belarusians’ fight for independence, according to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is a microcosm of authoritarianism vs democracy globally.
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News about the struggle for democracy in Belarus. According to Freedom House, "serious and widespread irregularities marred all recent elections". It is known as the last dictatorship in Europe and remains in close relationship with Russia. Also check out our section on World Democracy.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya became the face of Belarus’ pro-democracy campaign after her husband, a majoropposition figure was jailed.
Lukashenko’s crackdown on democracy protests in Belarus has led to thousands of dissidents fleeing to neighboring countries.
Belarusian authorities raid independent newsrooms and human rights organizations, imprisoning journalists for their activities.
While the world was distracted with COVID-19 democracy was quietly being attacked globally such as in Hungary, Brazil, Belarus, China.
Highest court in Belarus convicted an aspiring rival to the nation’s authoritarian president on corruption charges rejected as politically motivated.
The Belarusian journalist and his Russian girlfriend who were pulled off a flight that was diverted to Minsk are under house arrest.
A dissident journalist was forced to appear in a film on state TV in which he wept, lauded Belarus’s dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.
The chief editor of a popular internet news site in one of Belarus’ largest cities was detained and his home searched by authorities.
Was Belarus’s state hijacking of a plane last Sunday to arrest a dissident a show of force by President Lukashenko or an act of desperation?