Tag: Minsk (Belarus)

The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus’

For more than two decades, Belarus existed in an equilibrium of quiet authoritarianism. If the government’s repressions didn’t directly touch them, most Belarusians tolerated them. But over the course of 2020, the country’s history and identity, which never much interested a majority of people who lived there, became something they would sacrifice their lives for. […]

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The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus

In mid-August, the buildings woke up to the D.J. mural. Stepan messaged the building chat that everyone should come to the playground. Residents arrived with thermoses. They hung red and white ribbons on their fence and began to gather for tea every night. A few mornings later, the building chat pinged with a message: “The […]

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Once He Kept Russia at a Distance. Now He Is a Docile Putin Satrap.

MINSK, Belarus — In a winter military coat trimmed with fur, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko stepped out of his white presidential helicopter for a morning of geopolitical theater. His presidential limousine quickly delivered him to his waiting generals as aides and heavily armed bodyguards fluttered around him, shivering in the icy rain. The strongman leader of […]

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What Are the Minsk Accords, and Could They Defuse the Ukraine Crisis?

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukraine crisis is entering a critical phase this week. Military analysts say the final elements of a potential Russian invasion force, such as field kitchens and hospitals, are falling into place in camps and bases of the Russian army near Ukraine’s borders. At the same time, President Emmanuel Macron of France […]

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US Charges 4 Belarus Officials With Piracy in Forced Landing of Ryanair Jet

United States prosecutors in Manhattan have charged four officials of the government of Belarus with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy in the 2021 forced landing of a European airliner in Minsk, where a prominent opposition journalist aboard the plane was seized. The charge was contained in an indictment filed on Thursday in Federal District Court. […]

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