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Is Belarus Russia’s North Korea?

Posted January 22nd, 2011 at 9:52 am (UTC+0)

US and EU diplomats stayed as far away as possible from Friday’s inauguration of President Lukashenko. But in Moscow, Vladimir Putin posed Thursday with his visiting counterpart from Belarus. Turning to the microphones, he announced $4 billion in energy subsidies to Belarus, plus a brand new $6 billion nuclear power plant. Is Belarus, Russia’s North […]

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My Sons’ Road To Russia Passed Through A Harlem AIDS Clinic

Posted January 13th, 2011 at 11:11 am (UTC+0)
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Kremlin leaders regularly say they want to increase tourism in order to diversify a Russian economy that is overly dependent on oil and gas. Tourism is labor intensive, geographically dispersed, and carries the potential to promote trade and investment. That may sound like a good plan, but Russia’s bureaucracy doesn’t always cooperate. As an accredited […]

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Belarus’ Lukashenko: Term Limited by Biology?

Posted January 7th, 2011 at 8:17 am (UTC+0)
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By James Brooke Next week, Belarus will be back in the spotlight as European Union officials meet to impose visa sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and the top leaders of the government. Several EU foreign ministers have charged that Lukashenko stole the Dec. 19 presidential election. Seeing the Belarus leader as illegitimate, they want to keep […]

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In the Streets of Minsk

Posted December 22nd, 2010 at 10:10 pm (UTC+0)
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MINSK — Over and over again, Belarus state television broadcasts video of demonstrators smashing glass as they tried to break into the Central Election Commission Sunday night here. I was there. Those narrowly cropped shots miss the big picture. Alexander Lukashenko has run Belarus since 1994. Depending on your point of view, he is Europe’s […]

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.



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