Belarus Headlines

Thu, 2012-10-25 07:09

Belarus Headlines is a joint project of the Office for a Democratic Belarus, the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (Vilnius, Lithuania), and Belarus Digest (London, UK). Since May 2011, we have changed the design and approach of our pdf-magazine. Today’s Belarus Headlines provides you with the original materials and offers political and economic analysis, news summaries, and interesting facts about Belarusian history and culture. 

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Thu, 2015-10-08 13:44

On 8 October 2015, Svetlana Alexievich became the first belarusian writer who recieved the Nobel Prize in Literature. This woman is one of the most (if not the most) published contemporary Belarusian authors. Her books have been translated and printed in more than 20 countries. However, today most of the new editions of Svetlana Alexievich’s works first see the world through publishing outside of Belarus. Congratulations!

Wed, 2012-10-24 17:01

Download Belarus Headlines X, October 2012

This issue of Belarus Headlines covers a number of current topics and developments, including the Belarusian parliamentary election, the Eastern Partnership, the European Dialogue on Modernisation as well as changes in the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

Wed, 2012-07-25 07:04

Belarus Headlines  9"Belarus Headlines", issue IX, July 2012

Belarusian news headlines over the last several weeks include the embarrassment inflicted by Swedes who dropped toys on Belarus with freedom of speech slogans, having flown over the border on a small aircraft.  The Belarusian KGB subsequently arrested a young journalist who
took pictures of the Swedish teddy bears. Russia continues to increase its influence in Belarus by extending a loan to Belarus which would enable Minsk to pay Russia for building a nuclear power plant in the north of Belarus.


Mon, 2012-06-25 07:02

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"Belarus Headlines", issue VIII, June 2012

This issue of Belarus Headlines commemorates the one year anniversary of prominent Belarusian political scholar Vitali Silitski’s passing. Dr Silitski served as academic director of BISS and left a profound legacy for Belarusian political science.

In this issue Belarusian and Western experts share their memories of Vitali as a person and reflect on the relevance of his works today.

Dzianis Melyantsou provides an overview of Vitali Silitski’s legacy and specifically looks into the concept of pre-emption as a strategic tool employed by autocracies to maintain their rule via manufactured consent.


Fri, 2012-05-25 07:01

Belarus Headlines  7"Belarus Headlines", issue VII, May 2012


 This issue features news, articles and policy reviews of the most important political, economic and social developments in Belarus.

Among the main events of the last month: the release of two well-known political prisoners, the former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and his campaign aid Dzmitry Bandarenka, the launch of the European Dialogue for Modernisation with Belarus as well as the return of EU ambassadors to Minsk after they left during a row between Belarus and the EU.


Sat, 2012-02-25 05:52

Belarus Headlines  6"Belarus Headlines", issue VI, February 2012

The sixth issue of Belarus Headlines features a review of the most important political and social developments in Belarus and covers a debate by various experts on the current policies that the EU implements in respect to the country.

First pages of the bulletin are dedicated to recently unfolding discussion over existing EU policy towards Belarus and, in particular, the pro and contra arguments regarding restrictive measures in the form of visa ban list and targeted economic sanctions. Belarusian and international experts express their views on the current policies and debate possible recommendations that would potentially be more effective in reaching the goal of democratisation and transformation of Belarus.


Sun, 2011-12-25 05:50

Belarus Headlines  5 "Belarus Headlines", issue V, December 2011

The fifth issue of Belarus Headlines features a review of the most important events in the political, social, and economic life of the country, an announcement about a high level expert conference on Belarus in Brussels, and a number of analytical articles.

Firstly, we would like to welcome new researchers Aliaksei Pikulik, the new Academic Director of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Alexander Chubrik, the Director of the Research Centre for the Institute for Privatisation and Management, into our team of authors.

In a joint memo, Aliaksei Pikulik and Dzianis Melyantsou, a senior expert with BISS, analyse the recent agreements between Belarus and Russia and how they might impact the political and economic situation in the country. The authors explore the shifting political alignments in the region and Belarus’ gravitation away from the Eastern Partnership.

Tue, 2011-10-25 06:49

Belarus Headlines  4"Belarus Headlines", issue IV, October 2011

The fourth issue of Belarus Headlines features a review of the most important developments in the political, social, and economic life of the country as well as a number of articles.

The article on the EaP summit analyses a proposal articulated by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to provide financial assistance of nine billion dollars to Belarus if the country meets EU conditions. It also pays attention to the efficacy of Belarus’ diplomacy in dealing with EaP countries to prevent them from aligning with the EU position on Belarus. The article on Belarus’ friendships in the Middle East takes a closer look at Belarus’ cooperation with Iran and the Arab states and tries to determine if these friendships are profitable for Belarus or if they are a ploy to be used in negotiating better terms for the regime in its talks with the West.

Sun, 2011-09-25 06:47

Belarus Headlines  3"Belarus Headlines", issue III, September 2011

The third issue of Belarus Headlines provides you with a summary of notable events and the latest economic and political news from Belarus. The most important political development is the release of a number of political prisoners which most analysts believe is a result of Western pressure on officials in Minsk. The authorities' attempt to abandon multiple currency exchange rates is the most notable economic development.