Tag Archives: Belarus

Belarus President Lies That NATO Is Poised To Invade

Deutsche Welle reports: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today accused NATO of deploying tanks and planes to Belarus’ western border, a claim the military alliance rejected. Speaking at a rally of his supporters in central Minsk, the 65-year-old leader dismissed opposition calls for a new election and urged Belarusians to defend their country. “I called you here not to defend me, …

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Putin Offers Military Help To Quell Belarus Protests

Reuters reports: Russia said on Sunday it had told Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko it was ready to offer military assistance if necessary as demonstrators held one of the biggest protests yet against Lukashenko’s contested re-election. The protest in Minsk attracted tens of thousands of people, despite the deaths of at least two protesters and thousands of detentions since last Sunday’s …

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US Condemns Belarus Election As “Not Free And Fair”

Via press release from the State Department: The United States is deeply concerned about the conduct of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus, which was not free and fair. Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation tactics employed against opposition candidates, and the detentions of peaceful protesters and journalists marred …

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Over 1300 Detained In Belarus Election Eve Crackdown

Reuters reports: Authorities in Belarus on Saturday detained Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the opposition campaign challenging President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential election, the campaign team said. Human rights groups say more than 1,300 people have been detained in a crackdown ahead of Sunday’s election in an attempt to clamp down on street protests that pose the biggest …

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Belarus President Who Touted Vodka Cure Has COVID

Reuters reports: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday he caught the coronavirus and recovered “on his feet” without showing any symptoms, sounding a defiant tone as he addressed military leaders in Minsk. Lukashenko, 65, has resisted calls for strict lockdown measures to contain the pandemic, dismissing fears about COVID-19 as a “psychosis” and suggesting remedies such as drinking vodka, …

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Belarus President Shrugs Off Virus: Just Drink Vodka

Axios reports: Belarus is the only European country that is still playing soccer. Why? Because President Alexander Lukashenko, a man often referred to as “Europe’s last dictator,” said so. Belarus was part of the Soviet Union until it was dissolved in 1991. Lukashenko has been president since 1994 and has continued many Soviet-era policies. The coronavirus “is just another psychosis, …

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BELARUS: Government Slams Same-Sex Relationships As “Fake” After UK Embassy Flies Rainbow Flag In Minsk

Reuters reports: Leading rights groups praised the British embassy in Minsk on Tuesday for flying a rainbow flag to support sexual minorities in one of Europe’s most homophobic states, after Belarus condemned the UK for challenging its “traditional values”. Britain came under fire from the eastern European country’s interior ministry on Sunday, which said on its website that the UK …

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Ten Reasons Why Conchita Should Win

From the International Business Times: 1. It will upset the Russians. Vitaly Milonov, the politician who was behind Russia’s strict anti-gay propaganda law, has been reported as saying that “pervert” Wurst would “insult millions of Russians” by taking part in the “Europe-wide gay parade”. Russia is expected to suffer in the voting because of its stance on homosexuality and the …

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Eurovision 2014: Belarus’ Entry

“I’m not Patrick Swayze and you’re no Jennifer Grey.” And then something about Google Maps. It’s actually catchy, but it definitely lacks that famous Eurovision cheese. I’m getting a Robin Thicke vibe.

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BELARUS: Gay Events Banned In Minsk

Radio Free Europe reports: Authorities in Minsk have banned two gay-rights events, but Belarusian activists have vowed to go ahead anyway. Authorities blamed their decision not to allow a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) march planned for December 11 and a gay-rights rally planned for December 12 on “technical” and timing problems. The GayBelarus national youth civic association condemned …

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Eurovision: Belarus’ Anastasiya Vinnikova

THIS is Eurovision.

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BELARUS: Gays Arrested And Roughed Up By Police At Slavic Pride

Today Minsk cops burst out of a police bus several times to chase and arrest young gay men displaying rainbow flags at the city’s Slavic Pride event. Early reports claim riot police beat and arrested several dozen participants. At times, the foreign press outnumbered both the police and the protesters. I’ll be updating this post all day, below are the …

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MINSK: Hooded Fascists Gather Outside Gay Pride Headquarters

A gang of hooded fascists gathered tonight outside a Minsk hotel where the first of this weekend’s Slavic Pride events are taking place. Police have the situation under control at the moment, but this may not bode well for tomorrow’s parade. Follow along on this live blog.

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BELARUS: Slavic Pride To Defy Ban

Organizers of Slavic Pride say that this weekend’s parade in Minsk, Belarus will go on despite a government ban. Via Russian activist Nikolai Alekseyev: Tomorrow dozens of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Belarusians, alongside straight people, will go to the streets of Minsk to defy the ban and assert their constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. …

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“Belarus? BelaWEAK!”

Last week I mentioned that copies of Pride ’09 magazine, featuring my cover story interview with Rachel Maddow, were seized by customs officials in Belarus, who don’t want any damn homo magazines marring their picturesque countryside. Rachel and her team covered the story briefly and I just got the clip from her fab assistant, Alana. It’s a cute bit and …

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No Pride 09 For Belarus

A small shipment of Pride ’09, which features my cover story interview with Rachel Maddow, was seized by Belarus authorities who don’t want gay magazines in their country. Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine Pride, which is published by the international Pride group InterPride, whose membership includes Project GayBelarus. Siarhei Androsenka, he head of Project …

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