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Protesters Defy Lukashenko, March in Belarus

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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About 1,000 Belarusian opposition supporters defied President Alexander Lukashenko and held a peaceful protest march in central Minsk Wednesday. Mr. Lukashenko warned he would strike hard at any demonstration against his policies. Organizers used social media and the internet to spread the word about Wednesday’s march. Police stood by before peacefully dispersing the protesters. Many […]

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US Extends Sanctions Against Belarus

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has extended sanctions on Belarus for what he called the Minsk government’s continued actions against the development of democratic governance, and for its human rights violations. In a decree issued Tuesday, Mr. Obama accused Belarus’ government of using “harsh violence” against protesters and arresting opposition leaders. He said the country’s independent […]

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Police Arrest Belarus Drivers Blocking Border Crossing

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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More than 100 drivers protesting tough economic measures in Belarus blocked one of the country’s border crossings into Poland before getting dispersed by security forces. Police said Monday they had arrested at least 14 demonstrators for disrupting public order. The drivers were voicing their anger at government-imposed restrictions on the exports of fuel and goods, […]

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Russia Cuts Electricity to Belaurus Over Debt

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state run electric company said Thursday it has reduced the amount of power it sends to Belarus because of an outstanding debt. Russia’s InterRao power provider lowered its to supply to Belarus to 200 megawatts, which is half of what it usually provides. Belarus has owed Russia just over $48 million in unpaid electric […]

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Belarus President Slashes Fuel Prices Following Protests

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday slashed the prices of fuel following protests along the streets of the capital, Minsk. The government had raised the cost of fuel by 30 percent the day before, prompting hundreds of motorists to stage a protest rally along the main avenue in the capital city. Meanwhile, Russia’s state-controlled exporter […]

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Belarus President Slashes Fuel Prices Following Protests

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday slashed the prices of fuel following protests along the streets of the capital, Minsk. The government had raised the cost of fuel by 30 percent the day before, prompting hundreds of motorists to stage a protest rally along the main avenue in the capital city. Belarus is struggling with […]

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Belarus Asks IMF for Rescue Loan of Up to $8 Bn

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus is requesting a new economic rescue loan from the International Monetary Fund to help it cope with a deepening financial crisis. Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said Wednesday the government has asked for an IMF loan between $3.5 billion and $8 billion for the next three to five years. Belarus last received an IMF […]

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Belarus Asks IMF for a Rescue Loan

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Belarus says it is asking the International Monetary Fund for a rescue loan to help it cope with a deepening financial crisis. The former Soviet republic announced the request Wednesday, a day after it froze prices on some basic foods until July 1 and several days after it devalued its currency by more than a […]

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