Articles by Andrei Makhovsky



Belarus Lands $700M Loan After Belt Tightening

  • 23 October 09
  • Reuters
The new injection of IMF funds brings the total so far received by the country to $2.23 billion.

Belarus Hopes Election Will Improve Relations

  • 26 September 08
  • Reuters
Belarus chooses a new parliament this weekend in an election that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko hopes will win Western approval that he can translate into better relations with Washington and the European Union.

U.S. Said to Be Hurting Ordinary Belarussians

  • 19 May 08
  • Reuters
Belarus accused the United States on Friday of harming the interests of ordinary citizens by imposing new sanctions on the country's industry in a dispute over human rights.

Belarus Activist Gets 2 1/2 Years

  • 25 April 08
  • Reuters
A court in Belarus has jailed a business activist for 2 1/2 years for assaulting a prison guard, the second such sentence in as many days imposed on opposition figures, an opposition leader said Thursday.

U.S. Ambassador Leaving Belarus

  • 13 March 08
  • Reuters
Karen Stewart's departure for Washington comes on the heels of a suggestion last week by Belarus authorities that she leave Minsk.

Lukashenko Says Nord Stream Makes No Sense

  • 15 October 07
  • Reuters
Belarus told Russia on Friday that it was making a mistake to build a gas pipeline under the ""minefield"" of the Baltic Sea and offered tax breaks instead to increase pipeline gas flows across its own territory.

Opposition Backs Off Lukashenko

  • 02 February 07
  • Reuters
The political opposition in Belarus, long the object of President Alexander Lukashenko's disdain, offered on Thursday to help him in his bid to repair ties with the West after an energy dispute with Russia.

Italians May Be Allowed to Adopt Girl

  • 03 October 06
  • Reuters
Belarussian authorities suggested Monday that an Italian couple who concealed a 10-year-old orphan girl to prevent her from being returned to her home country might be allowed to adopt her if they abided by proper procedures.

Lithuania Pipe Dry, Belarus Gets Oil Supplies

  • 04 August 06
  • Reuters
Russia is keeping Belarus well supplied with crude oil even though it shares a pipeline with Lithuania, which Moscow has cut off, after citing a leak, officials in Belarus said Thursday.

Minsk Courts Send Dozens of Protesters to Jail

  • 28 March 06
  • Reuters
Belarussian courts on Monday jailed for up to 15 days dozens of mostly young protesters detained when police broke up rallies against a presidential election judged unfair by the West.

Belarus Raid Escalates Spat With Poland

  • 29 July 05
  • Reuters
Belarussian special forces stormed offices of the country's Polish minority early Thursday, prompting Warsaw to recall its ambassador and ask the European Union for help.

Belarus to Vote in Referendum

  • 15 October 04
  • Reuters
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, the last hard-line leader in post-Soviet Europe, is staking his future on a referendum this Sunday asking voters to let him extend his stay in office.