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Fighting Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Threatens To Spiral Into Full-Blown War

Monday, September 28, 2020

Dozens of service members on both sides reportedly have been killed in violence that began Sunday in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict has the potential to draw in NATO ally Turkey.

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Weeks After Disputed Election, Belarus President Is Secretly Inaugurated

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The president of Belarus has been inaugurated for a sixth term in a secret ceremony, despite continuing mass protests by opposition supporters who say the recent election was rigged.

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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Navalny spent 32 days in Berlin's Charité Hospital, 24 of them in intensive care. Independent lab tests in three countries confirmed he had been poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent.

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Women Lead The Way Against Belarus' Patriarch, Says Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

Friday, September 04, 2020

Speaking to NPR from Lithuania, the challenger to longtime President Alexander Lukashenko says "women understood that they are leaders" in the struggle.

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Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent, Merkel Says

Thursday, September 03, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the prominent Russian opposition leader was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent previously used by Russian agents, and says Moscow has some explaining to do.

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'Tightening The Screws': Belarus' Lukashenko Shows No Sign Of Bending To Protests

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Belarusian president appears to regain the upper hand after mass demonstrations against his reelection in a vote that's been criticized by the U.S. and the European Union.

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Facing The Biggest Challenge Ever To His Power, Lukashenko Looks To Russia For Help

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Earlier this year, Alexander Lukashenko had tried to offset Kremlin pressure by pursuing rapprochement with Western nations. Now he is directing attacks toward the West and has turned to Russia again.

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Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Remain In Russia After Suspected Poisoning

Friday, August 21, 2020

Doctors in Russia said they would not allow a German plane to evacuate the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to Germany for treatment, after an apparent attempt to poison him in Siberia.

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Putin's Rival Alexei Navalny In A Coma After Suspected Poisoning

Thursday, August 20, 2020

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics was admitted to hospital in critical condition — Alexei Navalny's staff believes he was poisoned shortly before taking a domestic flight.

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Russian Opposition Leader In Hospital After Suspected Poisoning

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The most prominent member of the Russian opposition has been hospitalized. Alexei Navalny is a vocal critic of President Putin. A spokeswoman for Navalny says he was poisoned.

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Pressure Mounts On The President Of Belarus To Resign

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

As European Union leaders meet to discuss Belarus, Russia's president says there should be no "outside influence" on events there. Moscow's attitude will be a major factor on what happens next.

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Workers Boo Belarus President During His Visit To A Tractor Plant

Monday, August 17, 2020

Workers heckled President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus during his visit to a tractor plant Monday. Thousands of other workers are on strike, demanding a change of government after recent elections.

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Belarus' Opposition Leaders Reemerge After Post-Election Crackdown

Friday, August 14, 2020

The country's scattered opposition is regaining its footing after President Alexander Lukashenko unleashed his security forces on protesters during four nights of unprecedented violence.

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Belarus Opposition, In Exile, Appeals To U.S. Not To Recognize Contested Election

Friday, August 14, 2020

One man who fled his country in the face of possible arrest by the nation's strongman, President Alexander Lukashenko, tells NPR the West should insist on new, democratic elections.

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Women In Belarus Take To The Streets To Protest Post-Election Crackdown

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Security forces have clashed with demonstrators since Sunday's election, which is widely viewed as fraudulent. Nearly 7,000 have been arrested. And the opposition candidate fled the country.

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Fallout Continues After Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko Wins 6th Term

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, often referred to as Europe's last dictator, claimed a sixth term in an election this week that much of the world sees as fraudulent.

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Opposition Presidential Candidate Flees Belarus Amid Nationwide Protests

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Protesters in Belarus accuse the government of shutting down the Internet to interfere with their protest plans. An opposition candidate defeated in weekend elections fled to Lithuania for her safety.

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Skepticism Abounds As Russia Announces Coronavirus Vaccine

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

President Putin made public that Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine and will put it into production. Putin says one of his daughters has already been inoculated.

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Belarus Elections End With Landslide Winner — And Massive Protests

Monday, August 10, 2020

Five-term incumbent Alexander Lukashenko is declared the winner. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya rejects the results.

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Protests Erupt In Belarus Over The Results Of Presidential Election

Monday, August 10, 2020

Opponents of the autocratic leader of Belarus have taken to the streets to protest the results of Sunday's presidential election, which show President Alexander Lukashenko winning in a landslide.

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