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Dec 20, 2010

Belarus’ Lukashenko re-elected, police crackdown

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko won a fourth term on Monday after a landslide election marred by a violent police crackdown on demonstrators and the arrest of opposition challengers.

On Sunday up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk chanting “Out!,” “Long Live Belarus!” and other anti-Lukashenko slogans in one of the most significant challenges yet to his iron-fisted, 16-year rule.

Dec 20, 2010

Crackdown in Belarus as Lukashenko heads for win

MINSK (Reuters) – Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

Up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk as voting ended and a pro-government pollster forecast a landslide victory for Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic with a tight grip since 1994.

Dec 20, 2010

Crackdown in Belarus as Alexander Lukashenko heads for win

MINSK (Reuters) – Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

Up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk as voting ended and a pro-government pollster forecast a landslide victory for Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic with a tight grip since 1994.

Dec 19, 2010

Protests as Belarus strongman heads to victory

MINSK (Reuters) – Up to 10,000 protesters marched through the snow-bound capital of Belarus and police beat an opposition leader as a pollster forecast a landslide election victory for strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev was taken to hospital with a head injury after police dispersed a column of his supporters heading to join a protest rally that began in central Minsk’s October Square, a Reuters eyewitness said.

Dec 19, 2010

Protests as Belarus strongman heads to victory

MINSK (Reuters) – Up to 10,000 protesters marched through the snow-bound capital of Belarus and police beat an opposition leader as a pollster forecast a landslide election victory for strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev was taken to hospital with a head injury after police dispersed a column of his supporters heading to join a protest rally that began in central Minsk’s October Square, a Reuters eyewitness said.

Dec 19, 2010

Lukashenko, set for re-election, scoffs at opponents

MINSK (Reuters) – An exit poll predicted Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko would win 74 percent of the vote in an election held on Sunday, and the long-term leader dismissed opponents’ threats to protest against the outcome.

The 56-year-old former state farm director has ruled the ex-Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1994 and, challenged only by an assortment of disorganized opponents, is poised for a fourth five-year term.

Dec 14, 2010

Lukashenko coasts to re-election, West, Russia squirm

MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is assured of securing a fourth term in power next Sunday, defying the West which has tried to moderate his often harsh rule and Russian attempts to call him to heel.

On past performance, the 56-year-old former state farm director, who has run ex-Soviet Belarus as a command economy since 1994, could get as much as 80 percent of the vote. Like before, opposition groups are likely to allege electoral fraud.

Oct 16, 2010

Venezuela inks oil deal with Belarus

MINSK (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agreed on Saturday to supply the former Soviet republic of Belarus with 30 million tonnes of oil over three years from 2011 in a deal worth as much as $19.4 billion.

Belarus has slashed imports of Russian Urals blend oil and increased purchases from Venezuela since Moscow imposed export duties, a step that raised the price of Russian exports to Belarus by about 36 percent.

Oct 16, 2010

Venezuela inks oil deal with Belarus–Chavez

MINSK, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
agreed on Saturday to supply the former Soviet republic of
Belarus with 30 million tonnes of oil over three years from 2011
in a deal worth as much as $19.4 billion.

Belarus has slashed imports of Russian Urals blend oil and
increased purchases from Venezuela since Moscow imposed export
duties, a step that raised the price of Russian exports to
Belarus by about 36 percent.

Aug 25, 2010

Analysis – Belarus flirts with China, chilly on market reform

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus is likely to give few clues at least until after upcoming presidential elections on whether it will seek much-needed foreign investment elsewhere or concentrate on its strongly developing links with China.

The former Soviet state of Belarus, struggling to reduce its dependence on Russia and unwilling to bring in the sweeping reforms demanded by Western investors, saw its economy grow by a mere 0.2 percent in 2009, down from 10.0 percent a year earlier, according to IMF figures.