The efforts to change the perception of Belarus in the world, to strengthen relations with the West, to receive as much foreign investment to support the weak Belarusian economy as possible, and at the same time not to jeopardize relations with Moscow – these are the most discussed topics in Belarusian international relations in recent months. In the second part of our interview, we had the opportunity to discuss these issues with a leading analyst of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Dzianis Melyantsou.
In recent months Belarus has experienced a wide range of internal political and economic changes. In addition, a number of reforms and constitutional amendments still await the country in the future. What will be the impact of these changes on Belarusian politics and society? In the first part of our long conversation, we discussed these and other topics with a leading analyst of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Dzianis Melyantsou.
Belarus in Focus Information Office in partnership with Press Club Belarus announces Belarus in Focus 2016 – 6th edition of an international competition for journalists writing about Belarus in international media.
Statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community on the criminal prosecution of Uladzimir Kondrus
According to information received by human rights defenders, on 14 June 2016, Uladzimir Kondrus, a resident of the town of Rudziensk, was taken into custody in jail No. 1 in Minsk. As later confirmed by the Investigative Committee, he is facing charges under Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (‘rioting’).
Belarus has its own perception of human rights, states President Aliaksandr Lukashenka; suggesting
its discordance with that of the EU. He argues that he does not object to the EU having its
own understanding: “The European Union is a mature organization with smart people who can
formulate what they want.”