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Mar 21, 2012

Belarus leader seeks to stop opponents leaving country

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus has drawn up a black list of opposition figures who are barred from leaving the country in response to a travel ban imposed on Belarussian officials by the European Union, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

The move marks a further downturn in relations with the EU which has been highly critical of his drive against political opponents at home and has withdrawn its ambassadors from the ex-Soviet republic.

Mar 21, 2012

Belarus leader bars opponents from leaving country

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus has drawn up a black list of opposition figures who are barred from leaving the country in response to a travel ban imposed on Belarussian officials by the European Union, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

The move marks a further downturn in relations with the EU which has been highly critical of his drive against his political opponents at home and has withdrawn its ambassadors from the ex-Soviet republic.

Feb 28, 2012

Belarus orders out EU, Polish envoys over sanctions

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus on Tuesday told the ambassador of the European Union and that of Poland to leave the country and recalled its own envoys from Brussels and Warsaw, sparking anger in the EU and plunging relations between Minsk and the 27-member bloc to a new low.

The Belarussian foreign ministry made the announcement just as the EU was widening its sanctions against the ex-Soviet republic, imposing travel restrictions on 21 judges and senior police officers because of Belarus’s poor human rights record under President Alexander Lukashenko.

Feb 28, 2012

Belarus turfs out EU, Polish envoys

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus on Tuesday asked the ambassador of the European Union and that of Poland to leave the country and recalled its own envoys from Brussels and Warsaw, plunging relations between Minsk and the 27-member bloc to a new low.

The move was announced by the Belarussian foreign ministry just as the EU formally decided further sanctions against Belarus, imposing travel restrictions on 21 judges and senior police officers, over its poor human rights record under President Alexander Lukashenko.

Nov 30, 2011

Two condemned to death for Belarus metro bombing

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus, the only European country still to carry out state executions, on Wednesday sentenced two men to death for a bomb attack at a metro station in Minsk which killed 15 people and wounded scores of others.

Rights organizations had urged authorities in the ex-Soviet republic not to impose the death sentence on factory workers Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov, both 25, arguing that their two-month trial had not met international standards.

Nov 24, 2011

Belarus jails rights activist for tax evasion

MINSK (Reuters) – A Belarussian court on Thursday jailed leading human rights activist Ales Belyatsky for 4 1/2 years on tax evasion charges, sparking an outcry in the European Union and particularly in EU neighboring countries which unwittingly aided his prosecution.

Belyatsky, 49, heads Vesna-96, the best known rights group in the former Soviet republic, which has campaigned for scores of opposition activists prosecuted by the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Oct 18, 2011

IMF tells Belarus fresh credit depends on reform

MINSK, Oct 17 (Reuters) –
The International Monetary Fund on Monday stressed the need to
restrain wage growth in Belarus and said the leadership of
President Alexander Lukashenko would have to show clear
commitment to reform if it hoped to secure new IMF credit.

The ex-Soviet republic is in the grip of a severe financial
crisis which has drained its foreign currency reserves, forced a
65 percent devaluation in the national currency and pushed
inflation up to 75 percent in the year to date.

Jul 6, 2011

Lukashenko nears crunch time, says Belarus opposition

MINSK (Reuters) – A Belarus opposition leader says the country’s plight is so grave that protests against President Alexander Lukashenko will spread to his core supporters in factories and small and medium-sized business by the end of the year.

Vladimir Neklyayev, one of the few opposition leaders at liberty since a police crackdown on anti-Lukashenko protests after elections last December, foresees an autumn of discontent as the financial crisis begins to bite.

Jun 30, 2011

Belarus pledges to unify exchange rates, sell assets

MINSK, June 30 (Reuters) – Crisis-hit Belarus vowed on
Thursday to eliminate the black currency market by the end of
this year after patching up its current account with loans and
privatisation receipts .

Among the assets that the former Soviet republic plans to
sell is its main cash cow, potash miner Belaruskali, as well as
truck maker BelAZ, First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko
said.

Jun 29, 2011

China pays more in new potash deal with Russia, Belarus

YEKATERINBURG, Russia/MINSK, June 29 (Reuters) – Belarusian
Potash Company, the agent for Uralkali and
Belaruskali, has sold potash to two Chinese fertiliser importers
at prices $70 a tonne higher than in the first half.

The contract, for 500,000 tonnes and an option for 200,000
tonnes, priced the deliveries at $470 on a cost-and-freight
basis.