The United States is disappointed that the elections fell significantly short of Belarus’ international obligations and commitments for free and fair elections, as demonstrated by reports from the OSCE ODIHR and Parliamentary Assembly election observation missions.
This year’s election is unprecedentedly popular: going to the polls, many people jump at the opportunity to do shopping at refreshment rooms which are laden of food products and alcoholic beverages at low prices
Праспект Незалежнасці ў Менску амаль пусты, як і навакольныя вуліцы. Independence Avenue, the main street in Minsk, is almost empty; so are the surrounding streets. Have its residents gone out of the city or they don’t want to be mistaken for a protester?
During early voting ballot rigging is as easy as ABC. Zmitser Kaspyarovich, a member of Minsk city election commission, states that the number of signatures and the number of issued ballots does not match in some districts of the Belarusian capital.
It’s hard not to appreciate the agility of the Royal Swedish Academy, which, by presenting Alexievich with the award, exhibited a high-brow trolling… but not of Lukashenka – it was primarily a dig at Putin.
The European Union will lift its sanctions on Belarus, including those on president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, for four months after Sunday’s vote barring any last-minute crackdown, reuters.com reports with reference to diplomatic sources.