Aliaksandr Herasimenka

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A woman with her child watches in Minsk on Sept. 8, 2020, as police officers detain protesters during a rally for the detained Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the opposition Coordination Council that is seeking talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power in Belarus. (AP) (AP)

For the past month, since the Aug. 9 election, Belarusians have engaged in daily protests and strikes across the entire country. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s president since 1994, claimed a reelection victory with 80 percent of the vote, but his critics in Belarus — along with foreign governments, the European Union and independent organizations — say the election was rigged.

Lukashenko blocked the Internet for several days after the election, and riot police arrested some 7,000 people. Reports quickly emerged that security forces were beating and torturing these (mostly young) men and women, and there were allegations of rape. Hundreds of thousands in Belarus are demanding that Lukashenko “leave.”…  Seguir leyendo »

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a Jan. 28 rally in Moscow. (AP)

On Thursday, Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was briefly detained in Moscow after leaving his dentist. Navalny says he faces charges of organizing illegal protests, which could land him in jail until after Russia’s March 2018 elections.

Who is Alexi Navalny, and why is he such a threat?

Navalny, a 41-year-old lawyer, spent 60 days in detention centers last year and found himself barred from registering as a candidate in the March elections. Instead, he has built an organization that emerged as the most serious domestic political challenge to the regime of President Vladimir Putin. This latest move by the Kremlin seems aimed at shutting down Navalny until after the elections.…  Seguir leyendo »