Friendlier times: Putin and Biden met in Moscow in 2011.
Russia may not be a foreign policy priority for the incoming Biden administration. But its promise to foreground democracy will put the Kremlin on edge.
Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko takes the oath of office during an unannounced inauguration ceremony Sept. 23 in Minsk.
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Has Europe's last dictator finally gone too far?
Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, the exiled Belarusian opposition candidate, speaking at the EU parliament on September 21.
Why haven't international and European human rights organisations done more to protect the human rights of Belarusians?
Watch the body language: Alexander Lukashenko meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on September 14.
Belarus's economy is closely linked to Russia. Could Putin's support for Lukashenko during ongoing protests be in turn for more integration.
Student protesters detained in Minsk.
A new survey conducted just before the disputed election, shows how the views of young Belarusians are changing.
People have lost all faith in Lukashenko to fix the country's economy.
Not going away: protesters on August 17 in Minsk.
Russia's reaction to previous unrest in its neighbours provides clues on how Vladimir Putin may respond to protests in Belarus.
Deploying riot police to suppress peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Belarus turned more people against the country’s autocratic leader.
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Pres. Lukashenka of Belarus has stayed in power for 26 years by being a master tactician. But he has seriously mishandled opposition protests, says a Belarus-born scholar of Eastern European politics.
A protester is tackled to the ground by a man in plain clothes during post-election unrest.
State controlled exit poll gives authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko 80% of the vote.
Unprecedented: an opposition rally in Minsk ahead of the August 9 Belarus election.
Opposition candidates have been arrested amid mass protests and a worsening coronavirus pandemic ahead of the August 9 election.
Business as usual for the Tajik president, Emamoli Rakhmon, at the new year ‘Nowruz’ celebration in March.
Press service of the president of Tajikistan.
Censorship, repression and disinformation have characterised Central Asian responses to COVID-19.
The memorial to the Chernobyl disaster in front of the reactor, now encased in its new containment shield.
Documentary or drama? The HBO/Sky series is gripping watching, but sometimes facts make way for artistic licence.
Teach a child about other cultures and we can form bonds around the world.
Forging emotional bonds through care, companionship and shared experiences, two very different countries built civic ties from the rubble of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Migration may help to pay Western pensions, but life is hard for those left behind.
A round of ominous war games might not be cover for military action, but it could raise tensions to an explosive level.
After a high point in 2011, it looked like a global wave of protest had crested. But another one is surging.
A woman holds a placard reading “No to decree, yes to work!” in the town of Bobruisk in Belarus on March 12 2017.
President Lukashenko's recent reconciliation with Putin is unlikely to help Belarusian citizens caught up in post-Soviet economic and social turmoil.
Giving voice to the voiceless.
The Belarussian is a worthy winner, but the Nobel is getting further and further away from its lofty origins.
Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko grasps Moldova’s Nicolae Timofti on a recent state visit.
Belarus and Moldova are two former-Soviet states which have moved in very different directions since the end of the Cold War. Moldova has looked firmly west, but struggled to escape Russia’s influence…
Time for Brazil to pull in the harvest?
The Russian ban on the imports of some agricultural products from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway has sparked much debate over the likely impact on American and European farmers…