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Alexander Lukashenko says he asked Russia to supply new weapons to Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin Credit: Kremlin

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Wednesday he had asked the Russian president to supply Belarus with new weapons.

During a visit of the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Minsk, Lukashenko stated: "I also asked the Russian president to provide certain types of weapons to us. I told him: when you come, we will see what things we need to strengthen in terms of the Union State."

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Vladimir Putin promises a €1.26 billion loan to Belarus at Lukashenko meeting
Vladimir Putin promises a €1.26 billion loan to Belarus at Lukashenko meeting
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During a visit of Alexandar Lukashenko to Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would grant a loan worth €1.26 billion to Belarus. Putin also supported Lukashenko's initiative to reform Belarus's constitution.

Putin told Lukashenko, at the joint press conference: "I am sure that, considering your political experience, the work in this direction would be organised on the highest possible level."

Russia announced they would also continue the pre-planned joint military drills. At the same time, Putin emphasised that Russian soldiers would "return to their permanent deployment locations" after the routine ends.

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Belarus: At least 100,000 rally against Lukashenko in Minsk
Protest rally against Lukashenko, 13 September 2020. Minsk, Belarus
Protest rally against Lukashenko, 13 September 2020. Minsk, Belarus Credit: Homoatrox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

For the fifth weekend in a row, protesters took the streets in Belarus against President Alexander Lukashenko under the slogan "We won’t let him sell the country." According to news agencies, at least 100,000 people joined the rally in Minsk, with Police claiming they had detained over 400 people in the city.

The Russian Government has stepped up support, offering to potentially restructure Belarusian debt, and providing banking liquidity. It has also said Russian riot police could be made available if needed.

Lukashenko will meet Vladimir Putin Monday in the Russian resort of Sochi. It will be their first face-to-face encounter since Belarus’s presidential election on August 9.

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Belarus: Witnesses report that opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova has been detained by masked men
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Adaption: Added background and blur Credit: Maria Kolesnikova (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)

A prominent opponent of President Alexander Lukashenko has allegedly been seized from the streets of Minsk by masked men in black and taken away in a van.

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Belarus: Putin states Russian police is on standby to enter Belarus
Belarus: Putin states Russian police is on standby to enter Belarus
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According to the Russian president Vladimir Putin, he has police on standby that can enter Belarus in case "the situation gets out of control" for the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko who faces protests and strikes all around the country because of election manipulation.

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Belarus opens proceedings against opposition Coordination Council
Protest rally against Lukashenko. Minsk, Belarus
Protest rally against Lukashenko. Minsk, Belarus Credit: Homoatrox (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The opposition had founded the Coordinating Council after the controversial presidential election on 9 August to initiate a peaceful transfer of power. According to the opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, it is to work for "fair and democratic presidential elections under international observation".

The General Prosecutor's Office in Belarus (Belarus) officially opened proceedings against the opposition Coordination Council on Thursday. In its way, the government has thus responded to an attempt at dialogue by the opposition. The opposition wanted to continue to establish direct contact with the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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European Union rejects the results of Belarus presidential election
Belarus protesters in Minsk on August 15
Belarus protesters in Minsk on August 15 Credit: Melirius (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Union rejected the result of the Belarusian presidential election and planned sanctions on those behind violence against protesters.
The President of the European Council stated: "The members of the European Council condemn the disproportionate and unacceptable violence displayed by the state authorities against peaceful protesters. Violence must be avoided and, all those unlawfully detained must be immediately and unconditionally released. Civil society and opposition actors engaged in discussions of political transition must be protected from arbitrary arrests and violence. The EU expects a complete and transparent investigation into all alleged abuses."
Alexander Lukashenko and Russian officials point to EU "interference" in the Belarus Protests.

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The German government denies recent call between Merkel-Lukashenko happened
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko Credit: Serge Serebro, Vitebsk Popular News (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reuters report that a spokesman for the German government denied that any phone call had taken place between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko since the August 9 election.

Earlier Monday Interfax news agency reported Alexander Lukashenko said he received a phone call on Sunday from the German Chancellor.

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Belarus president Lukashenko stated that "until you kill me, there will be no other elections"

During a speech where Lukashenko addressed workers at a tractor plant stated that "we held elections already. Until you kill me, there will be no other elections".

The Belarusian state TV has aired some footage of the speech which showed workers yelling "go away".

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Workers at Belarus state TV turn against Lukashenko
Workers at Belarus state TV turn against Lukashenko
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The workers of the main Belarusian state television channel BT have taken an open position against Alexander Lukashenko by joining the strikes that are ongoing in the country following the elections.

In addition, the television channel OHT has aired a segment that shows Lukashenko as he intends to give a speech in front of workers, but they chant in protest against him.

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Lukashenko states that Putin will help secure Belarus if requested

The Belarusian state news agency Belta has reported that Lukashenko stated Putin will help him if requested. As Belarus sees continued protests against President Alexander Lukashenko following the elections on Sunday, Lukashenko has now stated that if he requests help to secure the safety of the state, Putin will help.

Putin has yet to confirm the claim and it is unclear if the help would be to shut down protests or only in case of an external threat.

Lukashenko has also been quoted that the consequence for state workers that strike should be to fire them.

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Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
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During the day thousands of Belarusians have protested peacefully. Workers all across the country have gone on general strike including hospital, metro and factory workers.

Videos have surfaced that show police convoys apparently leaving the area around the independence square in Minsk. Lukashenko has appeared on television claiming that outside forces from Poland, Netherlands, Ukraine, and Russia have infiltrated the country in order to spark protests and destabilize it. He ordered all people to stay in their homes and not go outside.

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Belarus has started to release prisoners
Street poster from the protests
Street poster from the protests Credit: Homoatrox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

After the police in Belarus have detained thousands of people during the protests against President Alexander Lukashenko and his alleged election manipulation, the authorities have now started to release some of the imprisoned protesters.

The move comes as the European Union is discussing if new measures will be placed against Alexander Lukashenko or the country of Belarus over the political situation.

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Belarus election: Lukashenko receives nearly 80%, violent clashes are happening over alleged election fraud
Belarus election: Lukashenko receives nearly 80%, violent clashes are happening over alleged election fraud
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The long term authoritarian president of Belarus has received nearly 80 percent of the votes in the elections according to preliminary exit polls. Following the announcement of the preliminary results and the claim from the Honest People association that observers found over 5096 violations, protests have broken out and turned violent.

The internet has gone down for parts of the country as the protests continue. Multiple opposition politicians had been detained by the police over the past days and weeks which already lead to tension upcoming to the election.

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Three women alliance in Belarus attempts to end Lukashenko's presidency of 26 years
Crowd at a Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya campaign rally in Belarus in July 2020. Three women are holding paintings of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronika Tsepkalo, and Maria Kolesnikova.
Crowd at a Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya campaign rally in Belarus in July 2020. Three women are holding paintings of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronika Tsepkalo, and Maria Kolesnikova. Credit: Uladz Hrydzin for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

With most potential opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko locked up as political prisoners and only one approved opposition candidate, three women in Belarus attempt to bring political change to the Eastern European country.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a foreign language teacher, began her campaign in Minsk, supported by Maria Kolesnikova, and by Veronika Zepkalo. Kolesnikova was the campaign chief of former candidate Viktor Babariko, while Zepkalo is the wife of Valery Tsepkalo, also a former presidential candidate.