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Political Grip Shaky, Belarus Leader Blames Longtime Ally: Russia
Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, who used to call his political foes stooges of the West, is now trying to play on anti-Russian sentiment at home and abroad.
How a Band of Australians Made Belarus Soccer an Internet Smash
The group needed a fix when the coronavirus canceled games. When they discovered Belarusian soccer was still livestreaming, they converted thousands of fans worldwide.
A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia
Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.
‘There Are No Viruses Here’: Leader of Belarus Scoffs at Lockdowns
Under the autocratic rule of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, Belarus has yet to impose any restrictions to slow the virus. No, everything is not fine.
‘The Fields Heal Everyone’: Post-Soviet Leaders’ Coronavirus Denial
The heads of several former Soviet republics have persisted in playing down the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, with some also promoting unproven folk remedies.
All Alone, Belarus Plays On
Every soccer league in Europe has closed down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic except one: the Belarusian Premier League. When the authorities were asked why, they replied, “Why not?”
Coming to a Country Near You: A Russian Nuclear Power Plant
A Russian state company is financing and building reactors across the world, reaping for Moscow both profits and geopolitical influence.
Putin Rejects Oil Deal With Belarus, Increasing Pressure for Merger
President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko pressed for cheap energy to aid his ailing economy during a “moment of truth” meeting with President Putin.
Shunned by West and Wary of Russia, Belarus Gets Help From China
A Chinese battery plant has raised the ire of some residents, but Belarus, like Russia, needs the economic lifeline and cannot expect much help from Europe.
New York Named a Bridge After Him. Now, Kosciuszko Is Getting His Due at Home.
A hero of the American Revolution and foe of the Russian empire, Andrej Tadeusz Kosciuszko was long ignored by his native Belarus.
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