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U.S., EU welcome release of top Belarus activist

Minsk - The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.
In the Media by Valery Kalinovsky (AFP)

Belarus selects ‘Song for Eurovision’ 2014 junior finalists

Belarus has announced the finalists for its “Song for Eurovision”, the country’s national qualification round for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck

Op-Ed: Ukraine proposes biggest exodus in Europe since World War 2

Kiev - The new government of President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the creation of safety corridors that would allow eastern Ukrainian people to vote with their feet, creating the biggest exodus in eastern Europe since World War 2.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Russia forms Economic Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Astana - On Thursday (May 29) Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia agreed to form an Eurasian Economic Union The agreement will come into effect in January of 2015.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Dave Tippett to coach Team Canada at IIHF hockey championships

Hockey Canada named Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett as the coach of Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Hockey championships to take place in Minsk, Belarus on May 9-25. They made the announcement on Wednesday.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Pope, Putin, Snowden among this year's Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Oslo - Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden are among a record 278 people nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 6 comments

Op-Ed: In Russia's backyard — Belarus’ partnership with China

Since July 2013, Belarus and China have started building a comprehensive strategic partnership, by signing multiple key agreements, which would lead to an anticipated 150 mutually beneficial investment projects until 2020.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu - 1 comment

Russian Belarus potash cartel may resume after breakup

Moscow - The new owners of the large Russian potash producer Uralkali are poised to resume cooperation as a cartel again with its former partner Belaruskali in Belarus. The cartel before its breakup controlled about 40 per cent of global potash exports.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Russia: Kerimov's failed comeback

Moscow - Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Group has reportedly reached an agreement with Suleyman Kerimov and his partners to buy their 33 percent stake in the Russian potash producer Uralkali.
In the Media by Rob Edens

Belarus arrests officials of huge Russian potash producer

Minsk - After the breakup of a potash cartel formed from Russian and Belarusian potash producers, Belarus arrested the CEO of the huge Russian potash producer Uralkali. Now they have detained a major shareholder of the company.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Beaver kills fisherman in Belarus

Beavers were once being hunted by humans, now it seems the tables have turned. No one in Belarus has been killed by a beaver before, until now.
In the Media by Jonathan Lam - 3 comments

Op-Ed: America could learn from rappers' tribute to Radio Free Europe

Truckee - Led by Peja of the Polish rap group Slums Attack, Europe's rappers recorded a multilingual tribute to political and cultural freedom message of the American-funded station Radio Free Europe.
In the Media by Ted Lipien - 1 comment

Dog in Belarus village inherits $1 million

A dog from Budochka, a small village located in Belarus, inherited almost a million dollars from a citizen of the United States who is of Belarusian origin.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 3 comments

Son of ousted Kyrgyz President sentenced to 25 years in absentia

Maksim Bakiyev, the son of ousted Kyrgyz President, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years in absentia for signing agreements that prejudiced the country’s interests, by losing hundreds of millions of dollars.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu

Social network saves cat trapped in car in Belarus (video)

Mogilev - A cat managed to sneak into someone's car in Mogilev, Belarus and apparently spent four days locked in there, until rescued by the powers of a Russian social network.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: EU-Russia summit brings little consensus

The 30th EU-Russia Summit held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday led to little consensus on key bilateral issues discussed, such as energy, trade and visa-free travel.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu

Belarus: Europe's last dictator threatens forced labour

Minsk - President Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus, dubbed Europe's last dictator, has issued a presidential decree that proposes forbidding workers from quitting their jobs and threatens those that leave with compulsory labour.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas - 2 comments

Iranian dissidents win Sakharov prize

The European Union has awarded this year's Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought to two Iranian dissidents, a lawyer and a filmmaker. The lawyer, Sasrin Sotoudeh is in prison, and the filmmaker, Jafar Panahi is under house arrest.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

Op-Ed: Putin's Eurasian Union

In early October 2011, then Prime Minister Putin revealed Russia’s intention to create Eurasian Union, a new inter-governmental economic and political organization, based on the European Union (EU) integration model.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu
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