Belarus

20 February 2015
Caught Between the Ruble and Red Tape

Belarus’ sole traders are sinking as the currency slides and new customs regulations kick in.

By Volha Khvoin
 
13 February 2015
Ukraine Fighting Continues As Truce Nears; Minsk Host Says Coffee, Cheese Helped Fuel Talks

Plus, Kosovo minister wants EU to stanch flow of asylum-seeking migrants, and Bulgaria is under fire over juvenile prison conditions.

By Timothy Spence
 
3 February 2015
West Fears Another Abkhazia in Eastern Ukraine, Romanian Judges Guilty in Bribery Case

Plus, Merkel urges Hungary’s Orban to respect dissent, and crowdfunders aim to save a Belarus bookstore from a crippling fine.

By Barbara Frye, Piers Lawson, and Ioana Caloianu
 
30 January 2015
Minsk Plans Another Round of Ukraine Talks, Slovaks to Vote on Gay Marriage

Plus, Serbia’s military chief faces new Kosovo allegations, and Mongolia gets a taste of SMS democracy.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
28 January 2015
U.S. Gives Military Hardware to Uzbekistan, New Outbreak of Violence in Pristina

Plus, the murder trial of a fugitive Kazakhstani tycoon is postponed, and Belarus rediscovers its own language.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
6 January 2015
EU Bosnia Plan Goes Awry, Greenaway’s Eisenstein Biopic Denounced by Russian Film Agency

Plus, Belarus eases foreign currency restrictions and a key Milosevic witness may sue the Hague tribunal.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
5 January 2015
A Blast and Negotiations in Ukraine, Post-Soviet Economic Zone Launches

Plus, adopting the euro draws Lithuania closer to the West, and Turkmenistan slashes its currency.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
22 December 2014
Beijing Extends Moscow a Helping Hand, Russian Allies Proffer Ukraine Mediation

Plus, Belarus cracks down on foreign currency trading, and Hungary struggles to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
19 December 2014
The Lukashenka Code
Book excerpt: Why is the Belarusian leader so reviled in the West yet so firmly entrenched at home?
By Grigory Ioffe
 
18 December 2014
Putin Calls for ‘Political’ Solution in Ukraine, China Pledges Billions for Southeast Europe

Plus, Belarus-Russian squabble over food ban could end soon; Russian sailors training in France set for return home.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge and Will Sandeman
 

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