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Belarusian Opposition Leader Statkevich Detained On Way To Rally.

Prominent Belarusian opposition leader Mikalay Statkevich has been detained on his way to a rally in the capital, Minsk.

COVID-19: Russia Says CSTO Should Focus On Biosecurity; Georgia Marks Subdued Independence Day.

Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.

More Than 1,000 Belarusians Protest Lukashenka's Bid For Sixth Term.

More than 1,000 demonstrators joined together in the Belarusian capital on May 24 to oppose another term for longtime President Alyaksandr Lukshenka in one of the biggest protests of the year in that country.

HRW Denounces ‘Wave Of Arrests” In Belarus As Elections Loom.

Belarus has intensified its crackdown on independent activists and journalists with a “new wave of arbitrary arrests” ahead of presidential elections, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

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HRW Denounces 'Wave Of Arrests' In Belarus As Elections Loom.

Belarus has intensified its crackdown on independent activists and journalists with a “new wave of arbitrary arrests” ahead of presidential elections, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

Third Member Of RFE/RL Film Crew Dies After Belarus Road Accident.

A third member of an RFE/RL film crew working on a documentary in Belarus has died following a car crash earlier this month. 

EU States Endorse Accords Making Travel For Belarusians Easier.

Ambassadors of the 27 European Union member states have endorsed two agreements that will make it easier and cheaper for Belarusian citizens to enter most EU countries.

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Belarusian Opposition Leader Statkevich's Presidential Bid Rejected.

The Belarusian Central Election Commission has rejected documents filed by the initiative group for prominent opposition leader Mikalay Statkevich to nominate him as a presidential candidate for balloting scheduled for August 9.

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Jailed Belarusian Blogger With Presidential Ambitions Gets Additional 15-Day Jail Term.

A jailed Belarusian blogger, Syarhey Tsikhanouski, who intended to take part in the August presidential election, has been given an additional 15-day jail term for what a court in the southeastern city of Homel called the "organization of an unsan...

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Two RFE/RL Film Crew Killed, One Injured In Belarus Road Accident.

Two RFE/RL filmmakers have died in a car crash in Belarus while returning from a video shoot related to the coronavirus pandemic. A third crew member was critically injured.

Pompeo Says U.S. Begins Shipping Oil To Belarus As Ties With Minsk Improve

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the first shipment of U.S. crude oil to Belarus will depart this week.

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European Parliament OKs Deals To Improve Mobility Of Belarusian Citizens.

The European Parliament has given its green light to two agreements that will make it easier and cheaper for Belarusian citizens to enter most EU countries.

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Belarus Pushes Aside COVID-19 Fears To Hold Victory Day Parade.

Crowds are gathering in the capital of the former Soviet republic of Belarus for a military parade on May 9 marking the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: New Cases In Russia Top 10,000 For Seventh Straight Day.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 275,000 with almost 4 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.

Belarus To Hold Presidential Election In August Despite Pandemic.

Belarus has announced that the next presidential election will be held on August 9 as the country’s authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka sought to play down the risks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Belarus Election Commission Confirms Presidential Election In August.

Belarus will hold its presidential election between August 9 and August 30, the chairwoman of the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said on May 7.

Belarus Strips Russian Reporters Of Accreditation Amid Coronavirus.

Belarusian authorities have stripped two Russian journalists of accreditation after their reports about the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

EU Document Shows Members Agree On Eastern Partnership Aspirations, Economic Integration.

After two weeks of negotiations among EU diplomats, the bloc's 27 member states have reached agreement on the membership "aspirations" and economic "integration" of their eastern neighbors into the bloc.

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Lukashenka Wants World Leaders To Mark Victory Day In Minsk Amid Coronavirus.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has called on leaders of other countries to attend next week’s military parade in Minsk marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

Eastern Europe, Central Asia Governments Responding To Coronavirus With 'Repressive' Measures, Amnesty Says.

Many governments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are viewing the coronavirus pandemic as "a free pass to trample" on human rights, Amnesty International says, insisting that any strict measures to stop the spread of the virus must be "temporary...

COVID-19: WHO Urges Additional Measures To Slow Spread In Belarus.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 215,000 with more than 3 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.

UN Says Consequences Remain More Than Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster.

The United Nations says persistent and serious long-term consequences remain more than 30 years after the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. 

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Coronavirus Outbreak In Belarus Orphanage For Disabled Children Raises Alarm.

The founder of a charity that supports an orphanage for children with developmental disabilities in Belarus says it is a “shattering blow” that coronavirus has spread to the facility.

Belarus Pushes Ahead With Civic-Labor Day Despite Spread Of Coronavirus.

Thousands of Belarusians took part in a day of civic labor at the government’s behest even as the novel coronavirus spreads at a fast pace in the former Soviet republic.

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U.S. Nominates First Ambassador To Belarus In Over A Decade

The United States has named its first ambassador to Belarus in more than a decade in the latest sign of warming relations between the two countries.U.S. President Donald Trump announced on April 20 he intended to nominate career diplomat Julie Fis...

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