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    1. 2 Belarus opposition figures pull out of presidential vote

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsAug 27 03:01 AM

      MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Two prominent potential candidates in Belarus' presidential election are pulling out, alleging that a free and fair vote is impossible under longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

    2. Belarus' ruble takes a hit, hurt by Russia's economic woes

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsAug 25 10:30 AM

      The currency of Belarus is taking a sharp hit, falling about 5 percent in one day as its giant neighbor Russia is battered by economic troubles. The former Soviet republic has retained a strongly centralized ...

    3. The release of six opposition leaders by Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko, though positive, was only a "half step" that does not guarantee credible elections in October, a UN expert said on Wednesday. The prisoners released on Saturday included Mikola Statkevich, who ran against Lukashenko in the last election in 2010, which was marred by a violent crackdown on the opposition that saw most...

    4. Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union. Among the freed opponents was Mikola Statkevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned since 2010, much of which he spent in solitary confinement. The release was welcomed by ...

    5. EU praises release of political prisoners in Belarus

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsAug 23 05:38 AM

      MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The European Union praised Belarus' release of political prisoners as "important progress" in its efforts to improve relations with the West, while the most prominent of those freed described it as a cynical attempt by the authoritarian government to gain access to badly needed Western credits.

    6. Two prominent potential candidates in Belarus' presidential election are pulling out, alleging that a free and fair vote is impossible under longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

    7. EU praises release of political prisoners, including Nikolai Statkevich, as ‘progress towards the improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus’ Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko has pardoned six jailed opposition figures, including Nikolai Statkevich who was imprisoned after running against him for the presidency in 2010, his administration said on Saturday. Lukashenko, who has...

    8. Belarus president frees 6 jailed opponents before vote

      AFP via Yahoo! India NewsAug 23 03:39 AM

      Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union. Among the freed opponents was Mikola Statkevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned since 2010, much of which he spent in solitary confinement. The release was welcomed by ...

    9. Coverage of the Global Stock Rout

      BloombergAug 24 07:12 AM

      Belarus’s ruble plunged to a record low, following a drop in its counterpart in Russia, the country’s main trading partner, as falling oil prices and a weakening economic outlook spread pain across the region.

    10. The European Union says the release of political prisoners in Belarus represents "important progress" in efforts to improve relations.

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