Putin and Lukashenko move to integrate economies of Russia and Belarus

Russian president announces agreement on macroeconomic policies, and common tax and customs measures Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said they had made progress toward integrating the two countries’ economies during a summit on Thursday evening in advance of massive joint military exercises. Speaking late on Thursday, Putin said the two leaders had agreed to coordinateContinue reading “Putin and Lukashenko move to integrate economies of Russia and Belarus”

Russia moves Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to Belarus to patrol borders, Minsk says

Russia has sent Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to western Belarus to form a joint military training centre, fly joint missions and patrol the two countries’ borders, the Belarusian defence ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement comes two days before the start of military drills in Belarus and Russia that have prompted consternation in the NATOContinue reading “Russia moves Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to Belarus to patrol borders, Minsk says”

West cries foul as Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced on Monday to 11 years in prison, leading to an outcry from Western countries. Kolesnikova, 39, had been detained after ripping up her passport to prevent Belarusian security forces from deporting her in a standoff atContinue reading “West cries foul as Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years”

Russia to send arms, ‘maybe even S-400s’, to Belarus: Lukashenko

The authoritarian leader’s comments come before large joint military exercises later this month. Russia will soon deliver a huge military hardware consignment to Belarus, including aircraft, helicopters and air defence systems, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Belta state news agency. The delivery is likely to be interpreted asContinue reading “Russia to send arms, ‘maybe even S-400s’, to Belarus: Lukashenko”

Belarus tightens grip on lawyers – Reuters

More than half a dozen Belarusian lawyers interviewed by Reuters say their licenses were removed after defending protesters, speaking out against authorities or resisting what they said was pressure on their profession.

Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime

Pilfered data includes lists of alleged police informants and information on government spies. Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, as the hackers call themselves,Continue reading “Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime”

Russia to deliver missile systems to post-coup Myanmar on time – RIA

Russia will deliver Pantsir missile defence systems to Myanmar on schedule as outlined in the relevant sales contract, the RIA news agency cited the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation as saying on Wednesday. The truck-mounted systems are used to shoot down aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. Rights activists have accused Moscow ofContinue reading “Russia to deliver missile systems to post-coup Myanmar on time – RIA”

COVID cases push Myanmar’s healthcare to the brink – DW News

COVID-19 cases are surging in Myanmar. After six months of military rule, only forty percent of its healthcare facilities are open. But with public mistrust at near all-time highs, many are turning away from public hospitals, leaving families to fend for themselves.

Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues

Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, the army-owned television reported on Saturday (Aug 21), in the latest in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a Feb 1 coup. Mr Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for news site Frontier Myanmar and a commentator with Voice of America radio, and Ms Htet Htet Khine, aContinue reading “Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues”

EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants

The European Union on Wednesday condemned what it called Belarus’s “aggressive behavior” in organizing illegal border crossings with migrants into Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the aim of destabilizing the 27-nation bloc. So far this year, more than 4,100 asylum-seekers, most of them from Iraq, have illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania. That’s 50 timesContinue reading “EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants”

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