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European Parliament Calls For Harsh Economic Sanctions On ‘Criminal’ Belarusian Regime

The European Parliament has called for sweeping economic sanctions and a raft of other measures against Belarus in response to growing repression and the forced landing of a plane flying between two EU capitals to arrest opposition activist Raman Pratasevich. Economic sanctions should target Belarus’s state-run companies in the oil,… Read More

Biden administration plans new sanctions against ‘the North Korea of Europe’

A top American diplomat told Congress on Wednesday that the Biden administration plans to impose additional sanctions on the authoritarian regime in Belarus — a significant step as lawmakers agitate for tougher punishments against a top ally of Vladimir Putin. The U.S. effort comes amid rising tensions between Minsk and… Read More

EU Poised To Hit Belarus With Initial Sanctions This Week

The European Union is set to roll out a first round of restrictions on Belarus this week over the forced landing of a Ryanair flight between two of the bloc’s capitals and the arrest of a journalist, according to three diplomats familiar with the matter. Europe’s fury was triggered after… Read More
3rd June 2021
A $3.5 billion residential and commercial real-estate project being developed on the site of a former aerodrome in Minsk is expected to change the face of the Belarusian capital. Minsk World, as the project is known, is to feature a modern financial center with glass-facade skyscrapers surrounded by dozens… Read More
2nd June 2021
The European Union is preparing sanctions on Belarus’ national airline and around a dozen top Belarusian aviation officials, three diplomats said, a stop-gap measure before economic sanctions following the forced landing of a passenger plane. The proposed asset freezes and travel bans are part of a package of new sanctions… Read More
27th May 2021
The European Union is aiming to hit Belarus with a new round of sanctions by June over the forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978 and the arrest of a journalist, with tougher economic measures to follow by the summer, according to an EU official familiar with the matter. The more… Read More
26th May 2021
Estonia’s president, Kersti Kaljulaid, has urged the UK to take action to stop anti-democratic regimes such as Belarus siphoning corrupt money through London’s financial centre. Her plea comes after the EU announced new economic sanctions against Belarus, and punitive measures against its national airline, in response to the hijacking… Read More
26th May 2021
By Stas Ivashkevich, Olga Ratmirova, Ales Yarashevich and Bojana Jovanovic, OCCRP, 25 May 2021 OCCRP — When the Minsk City Council announced the winner of an architectural competition in 2008, the plan for the futuristic project was ambitious. Glass towers twisted like corkscrews, enveloping a 300-meter-high skyscraper,… Read More
25th May 2021
EU leaders triggered new economic sanctions against Belarus and punitive measures against its national airline as a dissident taken from a “hijacked” Ryanair flight was paraded on the country’s television news apparently confessing to crimes against the state. In a summit communique swiftly agreed in Brussels on Monday night,… Read More
11th May 2021
The European Union is readying a fourth round of sanctions against senior Belarus officials in response to last year’s contested presidential election and could target as many as 50 people from June, four diplomats said. Along with the United States, Britain and Canada, the EU has already imposed asset freezes… Read More
1st April 2021
The U.S. will sanction nine petrochemical companies from Belarus next month unless President Alexander Lukashenko releases political prisoners and starts talks with his opponents, the State Department said Wednesday. “Regrettably, we find the human rights situation has deteriorated to arguably the worst point in Belarus’s independent history,” spokesman Ned Price… Read More
11th March 2021
By Sarunas Cerniauskas and Stas Ivashkevich, OCCRP, 10 March 2021 OCCRP — 2 Giedraiciu Street might be one of the dirtiest buildings in Vilnius. It’s one of the few Soviet-era apartment blocks that remain in the heart of Lithuania’s capital, but its walls are decaying and it… Read More
16th February 2021
Following a request from Latvia, businessman Alexey Olexin, who is close to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime and whose family owns a business in Latvia, has managed to narrowly avoid EU sanctions, as reported by LTV programme De Facto with reference to London-based human rights activist Nikolai Halezin. Olexin has… Read More