Category Belarus

Non-violence and its limitations

The continuing mass protests in Belarus haven’t yet toppled the zombie dictator, whose crazy dogs are reacting to the peaceful rallies with escalating brutality. Lukashenko’s security forces are outnumbered by a factor of 50 to 100, yet they are still…

Is necrosis contagious?

Alexander Lukashenko flew to Sochi yesterday to beg Vladimir Putin for help. He was promised a loan of $1.5 billion. Here are two clippings from Radio Liberty’s yesterday’s broadcast, in my translation from Russian. Anatoly Lebed’ko, a Belarusian politician: Lukashenko…

“Cosplaying Allende and Pinochet at once”

“Massive protests flood Belarus once more, as Lukashenko appears brandishing assault rifle,” ABC News reports from Minsk. As one pro-Kremlin political consultant has remarked on his Telegram channel, “Lukashenko is cosplaying Allende and Pinochet at the same time.” Another, less…

Belarus in the news

Reports of Lukashenko’s barbarism are finally making it into the mainstream press. Max Seddon reports from Minsk for FT: Relatives looking for prisoners held incommunicado, sometimes for days on end, chanted “Hang in there!” outside a jail on Okrestina Street…

Revolution in Belarus 2

Street fighting continued and intensified last night in Minsk and other cities in Belarus. The people – the protesters – had a large numerical advantage over the riot police, and defended themselves more forcefully than on the first night, building…

Revolution in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian dictator, lost the presidential election this past Sunday: all the independent exit polls indicate he won no more than 25-30% of the vote. As this is consistent with independent opinion polls, no doubt remains that Svetlana…

Minsk architecture

Peter Pomerantsev, writing about the Belarus Free Theater on the LRB blog: The journey took me out of the unspoilt Stalinist centre of the city. (The architecture is known as ampir in Russian, which sounds like, though doesn’t mean, ‘empire’, and…