Belarus

EU parliament calls for international investigation into alleged poisoning of Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 22 September 2020

The resolution represents a significant escalation of attempts by the European imperialist powers to destabilize the Putin regime and ratchet up tensions with Russia.

Imperialist powers step up anti-Russia campaign over Navalny case and Belarus

By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2020

The campaign over Navalny is closely tied to the crisis in Belarus, in which Berlin and the EU are intervening more aggressively.

Mass protests in Belarus continue as conflict between Russia and NATO intensifies

By Clara Weiss, 1 September 2020

The Kremlin has responded to the growing intervention by the imperialist powers in Belarus by stepping up its support for the Lukashenko regime.

EU imposes sanctions on Lukashenko as strikes continue in Belarus

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2020

The imposition of sanctions is a clumsy and hypocritical attempt to maximize the EU’s influence in Belarus amid growing working-class anger against the Belarusian ruling elite.

Ukrainian government turns against Lukashenko amid ongoing mass protests and strikes in Belarus

By Jason Melanovski, 26 August 2020

As a result of the growing working class protests within Belarus and Lukashenko’s turn to the Kremlin, the government in Kiev has turned against its former ally.

Lukashenko threatens military crackdown in Belarus as US initiates discussions with opposition leader

By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2020

The German financial newspaper Handelsblatt noted yesterday that the strike movement has brought the Belarusian economy to the brink of collapse.

Lukashenko regime, Belarusian opposition seek to stifle mass strike movement

By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2020

Whatever the tactical differences between the opposition and the government, they share a common goal: ending the strike movement as quickly as possible.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalized as crisis in Belarus deepens

By Clara Weiss, 21 August 2020

Navalny’s hospitalization comes amid an escalating crisis around the protests and mass strikes in Belarus which have heightened tensions in Europe and Russia.

EU demands integration of opposition parties into Belarusian regime

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2020

The opposition parties represent only a dissident faction of the post-Soviet kleptocracy that rules Belarus and are hostile to the emerging movement in the working class.

Merkel, Macron call Putin as mass strikes escalate in Belarus

By Alex Lantier, 19 August 2020

Shocked by the eruption of workers’ anger in Belarus, Berlin and Paris hope Moscow can suppress it by brokering a deal between the regime and the official opposition.

Amid mass strikes in Belarus, Lukashenko regime teeters on brink

By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2020

The critical question facing workers in Belarus is to struggle independently of and against all the factions of the post-Soviet capitalist kleptocracy.

Protests, strikes against Lukashenko regime mount in Belarus

By Clara Weiss, 17 August 2020

The involvement of growing sections of workers has panicked the Lukashenko regime, and the NATO-backed opposition is calling for “dialogue” with the regime.

Strikes spread in Belarus as EU, Washington step up pressure

By Andrea Peters, 14 August 2020

Belarusian workers across key industries have walked off the job in defiance of the government’s brutal crackdown.

Protests, crackdown follow Belarus elections

By Jason Melanovski and Andrea Peters, 12 August 2020

Western imperialism is seeking to exploit the Lukashenko government’s violent suppression of protests to fuel its war drive against Russia.

Belarus arrests 33 Russian military contractors ahead of presidential elections

By Jason Melanovski, 7 August 2020

The arrest of 33 Russian military contractors in Belarus makes clear that the long-standing ally of Moscow has become a new hotspot in the growing conflict between the United States and Russia.

Russia seeks to ease tensions with Belarus over energy dispute

By Andrea Peters, 25 February 2020

Russia will compensate Belarus $300 million to offset energy price hikes, as Moscow works to preserve its alliance with Minsk.

Russian-Belarusian energy talks fail as Minsk moves closer to the US, NATO

By Clara Weiss, 11 February 2020

The recent flaring up of tensions is taking place as the US is aggressively escalating its push toward drawing Minsk into its orbit.

Belarus workers hit by hyperinflation and social cuts

By Clara Weiss, 9 August 2012

Like all of the ex-Stalinist Eastern European countries, Belarus has been devastated by the international economic crisis and now stands on the verge of a social explosion.

Belarus cracks down on opposition in wake of presidential vote

By Niall Green, 15 January 2011

The regime of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus has brutally cracked down on opposition political parties and mass protests following the December 19 presidential elections.

Belarus receives $2.5 billion IMF loan

By Niall Green, 22 January 2009

Belarus has secured a $2.5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund. The bailout comes amidst a crisis of the economies of the whole eastern European region.