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Pro-resistance social media pages share photos of graffiti like this. Provided by Michaela Grancayova and Aliaksei Kazharski.

How protest movements use feminine images and social media to fight sexist ideologies of authoritarian regimes – podcast

From the Arab Spring to the Belarus Awakening and the ongoing Iranian protest Women, Life, Freedom, female-centered imagery and social media are battlegrounds of resistance and oppression.
Belarusian volunteers receive military training at the Belarusian Company base in Kyiv, Ukraine, in March 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Fighting for a future: The Belarusian regiment in Ukraine is staking its claim on democracy

Belarusians make up one of the most prominent contingents of foreign fighters in Ukraine. Here’s why they’re fighting and what they hope to achieve for Belarus as well as Ukraine.
Two protestors, one wrapped in the Belarusian opposition flag and the other in the Ukrainian, walk side by side in Berlin calling for peace in Ukraine on February 27, 2022. Odd Anderson/AFP

Belarusians during the war on Ukraine: caught between a rock and a hard place

While Belarus is rightly seen as a co-aggressor in Russia’s war on Ukraine, its future involvement in the conflict is open to speculation. One thing is certain: a majority of Belarusians oppose it.
People with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, in October 2020. Tens of thousands rallied to demand the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. (AP Photo)

Belarusians are facing discrimination and blame for Russia’s war in Ukraine

The benevolence shown to Belarusian exiles in 2020 has turned into hostility because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. How is it fair to blame citizens for the actions of a regime they despise?
Belarusian volunteers receive military training at the Belarusian Company base in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 8, 2022. Despite the Belarus-Russian alliance, hundreds of Belarusian emigrants and citizens have arrived in Ukraine to help the Ukrainian army. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine war: Ordinary Belarusians are also being victimized by Russia

The Belarusian regime is bitterly despised by its people, but it survives through the use of force and Russian support. Belarusians don’t want war, and their country is also under occupation.
Allies? Or client and patron: Belarus president, Alexandr Lukashenko, and Russian president, Vladimir Putin, after Kremlin talks in February 2022. EPA-EFE/Sergey Guneev/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Ukraine: the complex calculations that will decide whether Belarus enters the conflict on Russia’s side

Belarus president Alexandr Lukashenko has a difficult decision to make if he wants to help his ally Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.

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