The Russian government, under President Vladimir Putin, has stepped up repression at home and aggression abroad in an effort to consolidate power within the country and on the world stage.
A barrier built to stop human migrants will instead cut off animals and scientific cooperation.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, Russia formed a bloc with Ukraine and Belarus. The region is now at the centre of escalating tensions between Russia and the west.
The European Commission is standing with Poland, despite evidence of serious human rights violations.
The European Union is attempting to portray eastern European countries as racists infringing upon the human rights of refugees. But it’s the EU itself that’s primarily to blame for the refugee crisis.
Belarus has created a migrant crisis at its border in an apparent move to punish the European Union for its opposition to the country’s leader.
European leaders have accused Belarus of using civilians as weapons along the EU border in a ‘hybrid war’. And Russia, they say, is the mastermind behind it.
The crisis at the Belarus/Poland border follows 18 months of political turmoil for the country’s authoritarian president.
Is Russia masterminding the buildup of international migrants on the Poland-Belarus border?
It’s vital not to lose sight of who the people trapped on the Belarus/Poland border are and how they came to be there.
New data shows how public disaffection with the regime of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, is affecting the country’s attempts to fight COVID.
While eastern European countries are quick to offer aid to Belarusians, this only highlights their harsh approach to refugees from the Middle East.
Recent actions against critics of the Belarusian government show that Lukashenko’s crackdown on dissent is extending beyond the country’s borders.
Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin’s defiant support for Belarus’s rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
Questions remain as to Moscow’s part in the incident.
Economic measures are the preferred choice for a country or countries hoping to show they are taking action in a time of international crisis.
Can Belarus claim to have been within its rights to divert a Ryanair flight and detain passengers?
Fears grow for the young dissident journalist after he was taken off a Ryanair flight.
The pandemic’s not over yet, but these world leaders have already cemented their place in history for failing to effectively combat the deadly coronavirus. Some of them didn’t even really try.
There’s not much the world can do to stop authoritarian rulers from persecuting their political opponents, as shown by the standoff over Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is ill and imprisoned.