Jailed Belarusian blogger Raman Pratasevich suddenly reappears on Belarus state television

bne IntelliNews January 26, 2022

Yesterday, the jailed Belarusian blogger Raman Pratasevich appeared on Belarus' state TV and showed support for the regime.

Who needs a war?

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2022

Russia increases its military presence in Belarus as tensions rise with Ukraine. But whose interests will guide the Belarusian regime’s actions?

Russian troops concentrate in southeastern Belarus, increasing fears of invasion of Ukraine

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2022

Western fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine from Belarus are increasing as Russian troops concentrate in Belarus’ Gomel region. Meanwhile, Zelenskiy is playing down war fears, saying that no war is imminent.

US charges four Belarusian state officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2022

Yesterday, a federal grand jury in New York returned an indictment which charged four Belarusian state officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy.

The UN’s civil aviation agency (ICAO) is not convinced by the Belarusian authorities' explanations

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

The UN’s civil aviation agency (ICAO) announced the completion of a report about the investigation into Belarus's diversion of a Ryanair flight in May last year, but is not entirely convinced by the Belarusian authorities' explanations.

US warns Belarus to keep its commitment to neutrality

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2022

US warns Belarus to keep its commitment to neutrality in wake of increasing Russian military presence along the Belarus-Ukraine border.

Who are the group responsible for last week's hacker attack against Ukrainian websites?

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2022

The hacker group UNC1151 have been blamed for last weeks cyber-attack on Ukrainian government sites, but who are they?

Belarus hackers behind the Ukraine cyberattack, Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Ben Aris in Berlin January 16, 2022

Belarus hackers were behind the Ukraine cyberattack, it was announced as Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Lukashenko and Xi Jinping hold telephone conversation praising future co-operation

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

On January 10, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation, marking 30 years of bilateral contact between the countries and praising the development of future bilateral co-operation.

Belarus in Focus releases its annual review of the political situation in 2021 and its forecasts for 2022

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

Main takeaways on Belarus role in European security, Belarus-Russian Relations, the regime’s stability, and civil society developments for 2022.

Lithuania terminates transport contract with Belarus potassium giant Belaruskali

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2022

Lithuania insists it did not break sanctions by allowing Belaruskali exports but the affair was extremely embarrassing because it has been one of the most strident voices calling for sanctions on Minsk.

Kazakh and Belarusian CSTO peacekeepers spotted wearing blue UN peacekeeping helmets

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 12, 2022

Kazakh state media caused a stir after it published photographs of state security forces wearing blue UN helmets at a checkpoint in Almaty on January 9.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

Norwigean fertiliser producer Yara initiates wind-down of its sourcing of Belarusian potash

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2022

Today, the Norwigean fertiliser producer Yara announced a wind-down in its sourcing of Potash from the Belarusian state-owned company JSC Belaruskali.

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

CSTO comes out of the shadows for the first time

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.

#Kazakhstan President Tokayev calls on CSTO to send peacekeepers as protests spin out of control

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Moscow-led security alliance of five ex-Soviet states has agreed to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan where the protests have got beyond the control of the authorities.

Belarus’ opposition leader Tikhanovskaya calls on the people to hold firm in an emotional New Year’s address

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2022

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told viewers that she was “angry” but sees “light in the darkness: you,” in an slick New Year’s address released on YouTube to see out a year of frustration and repression.

Estonian government under fire for booming trade with Belarus

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2022

Government says that companies brokering or transiting goods from Belarus to the foreign market through Estonia do not violate sanctions imposed on Lukashenko's regime.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: BOOK REVIEW – Reassessing the causes of the Soviet demise

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 28, 2021

Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.