Articles by Yuras Karmanau



Growing Chaos in 'Last Soviet Republic'

  • 20 April 11
  • The Associated Press
Of all the former republics of the Soviet Union, Belarus has changed the least. Its economy remains almost entirely in state hands, the government shows zero tolerance for dissent and the domestic spy agency is still called KGB.

Parents in Jail, Boy Faces Orphanage

  • 17 January 11
  • The Associated Press
In the aftermath of Belarus' presidential election, a 3-year-old boy is at the heart of a battle with a secret service that still calls itself the KGB after the secret police jailed his parents, a journalist and an opposition presidential candidate who had challenged President Alexander Lukashenko.

U.S. Lawyer Pardoned by Lukashenko

  • 01 July 09
  • The Associated Press
President Alexander Lukashenko pardoned Tuesday an ailing U.S. lawyer who was imprisoned in Belarus last year on charges of using fake documents and attempted commercial espionage, an official said.

Libyan Leader in Minsk Visit

  • 05 November 08
  • The Associated Press
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi joined Belarus’ president in lamenting U.S. dominance of world affairs Monday during a tour aimed at securing new weapons and energy deals in the former Soviet Union.

Observers Say Belarus Vote Didn't Meet Standards

  • 30 September 08
  • The Associated Press
Parliamentary elections swept by supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko did not meet international standards, international observers said Monday, describing the campaign as strictly controlled and the vote count as flawed.

'Ossetia Is for Ossetians, Let the Georgians Suffer'

  • 01 September 08
  • The Associated Press
After Georgian soldiers stormed South Ossetia and killed Vitaly Guzitayev’s friend, he hid in the woods. Once the Georgians left, he set fire to the elegant brick homes of ethnic Georgians who lived nearby.

Belarus Cracks Down on Internet Ahead of Vote

  • 26 June 08
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian lawmakers have given final approval to a crackdown on Internet journalism, one of the last remaining independent sources of information in the country.

Jewish Cemetery in Belarus Gets Little Respect

  • 17 April 08
  • The Associated Press
Critics say the way one Belarussian city is treating an 18th-century cemetery typifies its indifference toward its Jewish heritage.

Lukashenko Warns of New Oil Duties

  • 29 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened Friday to slap fresh duties on Russian oil sent through the nation to Europe unless Moscow sells it oil at a cheaper price -- raising the specter of a repeat of this month's supply cutoff.

President's Allies Win Elections in Belarus

  • 16 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Government loyalists appeared to sweep local elections in Belarus, according to preliminary results released Monday, as President Alexander Lukashenko retained a firm grip over the country despite a bruising oil dispute with Russia.

At Vote, Lukashenko Criticizes Russia

  • 15 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hit out at Russia in what appeared to be an effort to bolster his image among Belarussians as they voted in local elections Sunday.

Milinkevich Detained Over the Weekend

  • 10 January 07
  • The Associated Press
The leader of Belarus' beleaguered opposition, Alexander Milinkevich, was detained twice by police Saturday, his spokesman said.

New Constitution Approved in Bishkek

  • 09 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyzstan's parliament swiftly approved an amended constitution submitted by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Wednesday, paving the way for an end to the weeklong standoff between the government and opposition protesters calling for his ouster.

Teens on Trial for Possible Tatar Plot

  • 11 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Five Muslim teenagers appeared Monday in the highest court in Tatarstan, where their trial for allegedly planning to commit terrorist attacks and create an Islamic state in the traditionally Muslim province has been under way for a week.

Money Brings Pain in Beslan

  • 25 May 06
  • The Associated Press
A year ago, Elvira Tuayeva had to wade through mud to visit the plot where her son and daughter were laid to rest after they were killed in the Beslan school.

Officials' Role at Beslan Debated

  • 23 May 06
  • The Associated Press
A judge on Monday read the testimony of senior officials tasked with rescuing hostages in the Beslan school siege, in which 331 died.

Judge Describes Beslan Nightmare

  • 19 May 06
  • The Associated Press
The judge presiding over the trial of the sole surviving suspected attacker in the Beslan tragedy on Thursday read witness testimony on the horrific conditions inside the school, describing the increasingly cruel behavior of the hostage-takers as the three-day crisis wore on.

Judge Lambastes Beslan Defendant

  • 18 May 06
  • The Associated Press
The judge reading the verdict against the sole surviving alleged militant in the Beslan school hostage seizure said Wednesday that the defendant was one of the cruelest of the attackers.

2,000 Defiantly Rally in Minsk on May Day

  • 03 May 06
  • The Associated Press
About 2,000 opposition supporters rallied in Minsk in a show of defiance Monday, days after the government tried to stop an unprecedented series of protests by jailing opposition leaders.

Belarussians Gather for Memorial and Protest

  • 27 April 06
  • The Associated Press
More than 5,000 opposition protesters massed in the Belarussian capital on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster despite police fencing off a downtown square where they had planned to rally.

Lukashenko Blasts West at Inauguration

  • 10 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, sworn in Saturday for a third term, lashed out at the West with accusations it was trying to foment unrest in Belarus.

Protesters Tell of Abuse and Gas

  • 03 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Scores of people detained during opposition protests were released from prison Friday, with some reporting they were beaten, gassed and taunted by Belarussian police, and the opposition claimed one protester had apparently died in a hospital after being beating.

Police Beat Defiant Protesters

  • 27 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Black-clad riot police clubbed demonstrators as government opponents marched in defiance of a show of force by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that drew Western sanctions.

Lukashenko Prepares for a Swift Inauguration

  • 24 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Election officials in Belarus made plans Thursday for a swift inauguration of President Alexander Lukashenko, apparently aiming to entrench him in a new five-year term amid persistent protests over a disputed vote condemned by the West.

Police Vow Not to Move Against 'Pathetic' Rally

  • 23 March 06
  • The Associated Press
A police commander said Wednesday that security forces would not move against the small, ""pathetic"" crowd camped in central Minsk that is protesting the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Thousands Denounce Poll Results

  • 20 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Several thousand people gathered on a square in central Minsk on Sunday evening after Belarus' main opposition candidate, Alexander Milinkevich, declared that he would not recognize the results of Sunday's presidential election and called for a peaceful protest.

KGB Chief Calls Protests Terrorism

  • 17 March 06
  • The Associated Press
The head of the Belarussian state security service warned on Thursday that any protesters who took to the streets during elections this Sunday could be charged with terrorism, and accused the opposition of plotting to seize power with foreign help.

Pressure on Opposition Mounts as Election Nears

  • 16 March 06
  • The Associated Press
State-run media in Belarus marked Constitution Day on Wednesday by praising authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and criticizing his opponents before Sunday's presidential election that the opposition fears will be rigged.

Security Agents Beat Up a Belarussian Candidate

  • 03 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian security agents beat and detained an opposition presidential candidate on Thursday, just two weeks before the country holds an election expected to return President Alexander Lukashenko to power.

Spill Reaches City, Water Called Fine

  • 23 December 05
  • The Associated Press
A toxic spill that poisoned drinking water for millions of Chinese flowed into the city of Khabarovsk on Thursday, but authorities said the concentration of pollutants was no longer dangerous.