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February 2021 - Belarus Special Weapons News
- Lukashenka: There Will Be 'No Transfer Of Power' In Belarus RFE/RL 02 Mar 2021 -- Autocratic leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka says there will be "no transfer of power" in Belarus, where thousands have demonstrated across the country since early August demanding his resignation over an elections they say was rigged.
- EU Extends Postelection Sanctions On Belarus Officials RFE/RL 25 Feb 2021 -- The European Union has extended for one year sanctions targeting dozens of Belarusian officials, including longtime authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
- Belarus human rights situation deteriorating further, warns UN rights chief UN News 25 Feb 2021 -- A "systematic crackdown" against dissent in Belarus is continuing, months since the country's disputed presidential election last year, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has told the Human Rights Council.
- Massive Violations Against Government Opponents in Belarus Continue Unabated VOA 25 Feb 2021 -- A report submitted Thursday to the U.N. Human Rights Council finds massive violations against anti-government protesters in the run-up to the August presidential elections in Belarus and its aftermath. The report covers serious violations between May 1 and December 20, 2020.
- Tsikhanouskaya Calls On Belarusians To Attend Nationwide Street Rallies On March 25 RFE/RL 23 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called on Belarusians to continue their protests with street rallies on March 25 against Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has run the country since 1994.
- Meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko President of Russia 22 Feb 2021 -- Vladimir Putin met with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.
- Putin, Lukashenka Conclude Talks As West Ramps Up Pressure RFE/RL 22 Feb 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka spent six hours together at Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 22 for talks on their stalled integration efforts.
- Belarus Reportedly Looking At Law To Expand Definition Of Extremism RFE/RL 19 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian lawmakers are reportedly preparing to consider legal changes that would make almost any criticism of the government "extremist" behavior that could lead to severe punishment including the loss of livelihood and citizenship.
- Tsikhanouskaya Says Belarusian Regime Telling Media: 'You're Either With Us, Or In Jail' RFE/RL 19 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya says that by prosecuting journalists the authorities in Belarus are sending a message to the media: "Either you're with the regime, or you're in jail."
- Police In Tbilisi Brawl With Opposition Activists, Detain 20 Protesters RFE/RL 19 Feb 2021 -- Police in downtown Tbilisi have brawled with dozens of opposition and civil rights activists who unsuccessfully tried to set up a tent in front of the parliament building.
- Lukashenka Says He Will Not Ask For Money At Talks With Putin RFE/RL 18 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka says he does not plan to ask for money from Russia when he holds talks in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin on February 22.
- Imposing Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals Undermining Belarusian Democracy US Dept. of State 18 Feb 2021 -- The United States remains alarmed by the Lukashenka regime's continuing violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, pro-democracy activists, and journalists. The February 16 raids on human rights organization Vyasna, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and independent trade union workers, as well as the February 18 sentencing of journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova are particularly troublesome.
- Trial Opens Of Former Belarusian Banker, Would-Be Presidential Candidate RFE/RL 17 Feb 2021 -- Viktar Babaryka, a former Belarusian banker whose bid to challenge Alyaksandr Lukashenka in last year's presidential election was halted by his arrest, and his six co-defendants have gone on trial.
- UK-Canada joint ministerial statement on crackdown on Belarusian civil society UK FCDO 17 Feb 2021 -- The UK and Canada have issued a statement in response to detentions and targeted raids by the Belarusian authorities against human rights and media organisations.
- Belarus Escalates Crackdown On Journalists, Activists RFE/RL 16 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian security forces searched the homes of more than two dozen journalists and rights activists across the country, in what was seen as a targeted campaign to intimidate independent voices.
- Lukashenka Lashes Out, Offers Little Compromise During Congress Of Loyalists Dubbed 'Meeting Of The Illegitimate' RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- Alyaksandr Lukashenka struck a largely combative, uncompromising tone as he addressed nearly 3,000 loyalists gathered in Minsk for what had been billed as a two-day congress representing all of Belarus.
- Harsher Charges Revealed Against Jailed Belarusian Opposition Figures Kalesnikava, Znak RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- Opposition sources say that the Belarusian authorities have added charges including conspiracy to seize state power and organizing extremism to the cases of jailed opposition figures Maryya Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak.
- Lukashenka Opens Soviet-Style 'People's Assembly' In Bid To Weather Crisis RFE/RL 11 Feb 2021 -- Alyaksandr Lukashenka has opened a Soviet-style "All-Belarusian People's Assembly" to discuss reforms and the country's development for the next five years, including possible amendments to the constitution, in an apparent move to survive ongoing mass protests against his rule, which the authoritarian ruler has blamed on the West.
- Exclusive: More Sanctions Mooted As EU Group Outlines Policy Options For Lukashenka Regime RFE/RL 08 Feb 2021 -- A group of European Union states with diplomatic representatives in Belarus, together with the bloc's delegation in Minsk, will recommend several paths for the 27-member bloc to take, including expanding the scope of sanctions against authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka for hijacking an election last year and then violently cracking down on protesters demanding that he step down.
- Opposition Calls For International Support For Belarus's Pro-Democracy Protesters On Day Of Solidarity RFE/RL 07 Feb 2021 -- Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has designated February 7 the Day of Solidarity with Belarus, calling on international leaders, activists, journalists, and all friends of the country to support protesters who have been demanding the resignation of strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka and new elections.
- Former Belarusian Banker, Would-Be Presidential Candidate To Face Trial On February 17 RFE/RL 04 Feb 2021 -- Viktar Babaryka, a former Belarusian banker whose bid to challenge Alyaksandr Lukashenka in last year's disputed presidential election was halted by his arrest, is due to go on trial on February 17.
- With Huge Show Of Force, Echoes Of Belarus In Russia's Protest Crackdown RFE/RL 01 Feb 2021 -- As Russia braced for a second weekend of protests on January 31 and the opposition reeled from consecutive days of law enforcement raids and arrests, a pro-Kremlin YouTube channel published a dispatch from inside a Moscow training base for riot police officers tasked with dispersing demonstrators on the streets of Russia's capital.
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