Pensioners defying riot police in Belarus. Who are they?
Internet users were shocked to see footage from Minsk where riot police forces were grabbing elderly people into detention during street rallies. Euroradio has found out who those pensioners treated as a threat by the police are.
Greetings from the Soviet past. Belarusians protest against compulsory labor and the tax on parasitism
There have been protests for a month throughout Belarus against the tax collection from the unemployed. Thousands of Belarusians express their displeasure in the streets with the decree of the President Alexander Lukashenko, who introduced the so-called tax on “parasitism” in the country. The law returned the concept "parasite" from the Soviet past. The unemployed were raided, caught and sent to community service at that time.
An international solidarity campaign helps Belarusians detained during the March 2017 protests as well as their families.
Over a half of Belarusians feel the relations between Belarus and European Union are good, according to the results of the poll carried out by the EU Neighbors East project in March-May 2017 in the Eastern Partnership countries. The sampe for the survey was 1000 people.
Belarus will host the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in 2018, European Broadcasting Union (UBC) said in a statement on 15 October. It will be the second time that the Contest will take place in Minsk, following BTRC’s hosting in the Belarusian capital in 2010.
East-West Chamber Orchestra on October 4 performed the main theme from the World of Tank (WoT) computer game on the stage of Belarusian State Philharmonic.
The Minsk international airport has installed two currency exchange ATMs both in the Arrivals and Departures areas, meaning more convenience for passengers.
10% of Belarus residents travel across the border to shop clothes.
Lithuanian Railways plans to open a new service to Minsk operating modern double-deck electric trains with Wi-Fi.