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News and updates about Belarus

Belarusian President:

'Jews steal without thinking'

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed that ‘Jews have assumed a privileged status for themselves and steal without thinking.’

'Jews steal without thinking'

Olympics 2024:

Russia and Belarus banned from Olympic Games opening

IOC excludes Russian and Belarusian athletes from taking part in the Paris Olympics 2024 opening ceremony.

Russia and Belarus banned from Olympic Games opening

Belarus president allows firing on civilians

The president of Belarus has permitted the use of live fire by police and military clashing with civilians, and granted immunity to anyone who kills or injures a civilian while doing so.

Belarus president allows firing on civilians

Belarus:

Headstones from destroyed Jewish cemetery made into memorial

A Jewish cemetery in Belarus was destroyed by Nazis. Now its headstones are being made into a memorial.

Headstones from destroyed Jewish cemetery made into memorial

Video shows Wagner Group chief for first time since rebellion

Yevgeny Prigozhin seen in video telling his troops they will spend time in Belarus before deploying to Africa.

Video shows Wagner Group chief for first time since rebellion

Biden slams Russia's plan to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus

Biden says Putin's plan is "dangerous" talk.

Biden slams Russia's plan to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus

Russia to station nuclear weapons in Belarus

Despite Putin's announcement, US says there's no indication Russia is planning to use a nuclear weapon.

Russia to station nuclear weapons in Belarus

Belarus FM dies suddenly at 64

Ministry doesn't provide details on circumstances of the death of Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

Belarus FM dies suddenly at 64

Russia sending jets with “Killjoy” ballistic missiles to Belarus

UK Defense Ministry reveals Russian deploying ballistic “Killjoy” missile equipped MiG-31s to Belarus.

Russia sending jets with “Killjoy” ballistic missiles to Belarus

Team Russia will not compete in Tel Aviv Maccabiah Games

Russian, Belarusian teams exit 21st Maccabiah Games, but Russians and Belarusians who made aliyah will be part of "Olim" team.

Team Russia will not compete in Tel Aviv Maccabiah Games

Belarussian Couple Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations

Kondratiy and Anna Lakotko, who risked their lives to save 6 Jews during WWII, to be posthumously recognized by Yad Vashem tomorrow.

Belarussian Couple Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations

Airbnb bans bookings in Russia and Belarus

Online rental giant Airbnb freezes operations in Russia and Belarus.

Airbnb bans bookings in Russia and Belarus

Belarus reported to have launched missile attack on Ukraine

An oil refinery in the city of Lutsk destroyed by missiles was reported targeted by Belarus, as Russia's ally looks to open another front.

Belarus reported to have launched missile attack on Ukraine

Watch: Ukrainian guard offers Belarussian diplomat 'Judas' gift

On his way out of the country, Belarussia's ambassador was presented 30 pieces of silver - a reference to Judas' 'betrayal'.

Watch: Ukrainian guard offers Belarussian diplomat 'Judas' gift

U.S. House votes to suspend normal trade relations with Russia

House of Representatives votes 424–8 to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus in response to Ukraine war.

U.S. House votes to suspend normal trade relations with Russia

Moldova on alert after video shows it as next target of Russia

Moldova is going on alert after the appearance of a video that seems to show part of Moldova as Russia’s next target.

Moldova on alert after video shows it as next target of Russia

Zelenskyy: Russian soldiers, save your own lives and leave

Ukraine says dozens killed in Kharkiv as cease-fire talks begin at Belarusian border,

Zelenskyy: Russian soldiers, save your own lives and leave

Ukrainian delegation arrives for talks to commence at noon

Zelenskiy: “Let them try so that not a single citizen of Ukraine will have any doubt that I tried to stop the war.”

Ukrainian delegation arrives for talks to commence at noon

Belarus to join Russian war on Ukraine, former minister warns

Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk says Belarus on verge of declaring war on Ukraine.

Belarus to join Russian war on Ukraine, former minister warns

Ukraine President rejects cease-fire talks in Belarus

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says open to cease-fire talks with Russia, but not from country used to launch attacks on his country.

Ukraine President rejects cease-fire talks in Belarus

Russia to keep nuclear weapons in Belarus?

Preliminary voting ends on constitutional referendum which would end Belarusian neutrality, allow Pres. Lukashenko to further support Putin,

Russia to keep nuclear weapons in Belarus?

Satellite images:

Russia deploys military vehicles in southern Belarus

New images released by Maxar Technologies show latest Russian deployment near Ukraine.

Russia deploys military vehicles in southern Belarus

US to American citizens:

'Leave Belarus immediately'

State Department upgrades Belarus travel warning to Level 4 amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

'Leave Belarus immediately'

Israeli woman jailed in Belarus freed, returning to Israel

Maya Reiten-Stoll returning to Israel after being released, following weeks in Belarus jail over cannabis.

Israeli woman jailed in Belarus freed, returning to Israel

Belarus security forces kill Jewish dissident in home raid

Hundreds of opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime arrested after dissident killed in his home.

Belarus security forces kill Jewish dissident in home raid

Watch: Migrants freezing to death along Belarus-Poland border

At least four migrants from Iraq have died in sub-zero temperatures desperately trying to enter Poland from Belarus.

Watch: Migrants freezing to death along Belarus-Poland border

Belarusian athlete: 'Lukashenko views us as his personal toys'

A Belarusian athlete who defected to Ukraine describers what it's like working for the 'illegitimate' ruler of the country.

Belarusian athlete: 'Lukashenko views us as his personal toys'

Watch: Belarusian sprinter seeking asylum in Austria

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left for Vienna following reports of 'security concerns' over previous plan to travel to Poland.

Watch: Belarusian sprinter seeking asylum in Austria

Watch: Belarusian athlete defects after government threats

Belarusian sprinter made a dash for freedom at a Tokyo airport, claiming her team was forcing her to return home for criticizing coaches.

Watch: Belarusian athlete defects after government threats

'Jews succeeded in making the whole world bow to them'

Lukashenko: Jews succeeded in making the whole world bow to them and no one today would dare to raise a voice and deny the Holocaust.

'Jews succeeded in making the whole world bow to them'

Russian money keeping Belarussian dictatorship afloat

With Belarussian regime facing international sanctions for the latest crackdown on local opposition, it continues relying on Russian aid.

Russian money keeping Belarussian dictatorship afloat

Watch: BBC interviews Belarusian anti-government activist

After anti-government protests were brutally squashed this year, some activists are considering giving up and leaving the country.

Watch: BBC interviews Belarusian anti-government activist

Imprisoned journalist's father says son tortured in Belarus

The family of anti-regime Belarusian journalist says he was coerced into confessing to organizing protests, calling for end to movement.

Imprisoned journalist's father says son tortured in Belarus

Belarusian activist's friends in disbelief over mid-air arrest

Friends, parents of Roman Protasevich, the Belarusian journalist jailed after his plane was diverted last week, voice horror, disbelief.

Belarusian activist's friends in disbelief over mid-air arrest

'Outrageous act' - Int'l leaders impose sanctions on Belarus

EU imposed economic sanctions on Belarus, calling for airlines to avoid Belarus airspace following 'hijacking' of opposition blogger.

'Outrageous act' - Int'l leaders impose sanctions on Belarus

Watch: Belarus opposition journalist 'confesses' to crimes

The girlfriend of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich appeared in a confessional video, rolling her eyes and reading from a script.

Watch: Belarus opposition journalist 'confesses' to crimes

Psaki calls for international probe of Belarus plane diversion

Psaki infuriated by Belarus' grounding of international flight to detain dissident journalist.

Psaki calls for international probe of Belarus plane diversion

Witnesses to Belarus dissident's arrest: He knew it was the end

Passengers onboard a Ryanair flight carrying dissident journalist reveal details of his arrest by Belarus secret police.

Witnesses to Belarus dissident's arrest: He knew it was the end

New housing project helps elderly Holocaust rescuers

‘Not too late to show gratitude’: First housing project for elderly rescuers who saved Jews in the Holocaust launches in Belarus.

New housing project helps elderly Holocaust rescuers

Nazi symbols spray-painted on Jewish-owned buildings in Belarus

Swastika, SS symbols spray-painted on synagogues in Golem, Belarus.

Nazi symbols spray-painted on Jewish-owned buildings in Belarus

Marc Chagall's synagogue up for sale by municipality

In Belarus, Marc Chagall’s synagogue is for sale to anyone willing to restore it.

Marc Chagall's synagogue up for sale by municipality

Jewish poet given Christian reburial in Belarus

Remains of poet who wrote against anti-Semitism and died in Kazakhstan in 1941 exhumed, reburied in a Christian ceremony.

Jewish poet given Christian reburial in Belarus

Thousands rally against government in Minsk, arrests made

Demonstrators allegedly attacked police vehicles as numerous arrests were made.

Thousands rally against government in Minsk, arrests made

2,500 Breslov hasidim stuck in Belarus

Thousands of Breslov hasidim hoping to visit Uman for the upcoming holidays find themselves stuck on Belarus-Ukraine border, barred entry

2,500 Breslov hasidim stuck in Belarus

Watch: Opposition leader avoids expulsion by climbing out of car

Detained by Belarusian police, opposition leader, Maria Kolesnikova, climbed through car window to avoid forced expusion from country.

Watch: Opposition leader avoids expulsion by climbing out of car

Are Russia's 'Little Green Men' about to arrive in Belarus?

"Putin knows you can't arrest 100,000 people, but if you arrest the right 500, the others won't show up."

Are Russia's 'Little Green Men' about to arrive in Belarus?

Belarus protesters defy gov't crackdown to march through Minsk

Protests against Alexander Lukashenko's contested election win have continued in the country.

Belarus protesters defy gov't crackdown to march through Minsk

Watch: Police, military detain hundreds in Minsk

As protesters fill streets of Minsk, Belarus, for third week in a row, military personnel and riot police detain hundreds.

Watch: Police, military detain hundreds in Minsk

Belarusian President seen toting rifle

Unprecedented protests took place in Belarus over the weekend over the 26-year rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Watch.

Belarusian President seen toting rifle

'They just arrested young people at random'

In Belarus, young Jews among those picked off street and jailed amid police crackdown on protesters.

'They just arrested young people at random'

Protests erupt in Minsk after election

Belarusian police and protesters clash after exit poll finds that President Alexander Lukashenko won the election.

Protests erupt in Minsk after election

Belarus Jewish community honors Kirk Douglas

Remembering Kirk Douglas: Belarusian Jews honor the memory of a famous descendant of their community who passed away this week.

Belarus Jewish community honors Kirk Douglas

No bidders for Belarus synagogue auctioned off as warehouse

Unique former synagogue in Belarus selling as warehouse for $6,000.

No bidders for Belarus synagogue auctioned off as warehouse

Remains of 1,000 Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus reburied

Bodies of over 1,000 Holocaust victims uncovered during construction in city of Brest reburied.

Remains of 1,000 Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus reburied

Is a Jewish-owned restaurant fueling anti-Semitic rhetoric?

In Belarus, Jews helped build a restaurant next to Stalin-era graves. Protests against it have turned anti-Semitic.

Is a Jewish-owned restaurant fueling anti-Semitic rhetoric?

Belarus Jews honor Poway shooting victim

Limmud FSU Conference in Minsk, Belarus held in memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed while saving her rabbi in synagogue shooting.

Belarus Jews honor Poway shooting victim

Belarus: Mass grave uncovered at site of former ghetto

Construction suspended after hundreds of bodies found at former Jewish ghetto of Brest, Belarus.

Belarus: Mass grave uncovered at site of former ghetto

Israeli who joined ISIS convicted

Immigrant to Israel from Belarus convicted for trying to join ISIS in Syria as a fighter.

Israeli who joined ISIS convicted

Are New Yorkers becoming like Israelis?

Are New Yorkers becoming like Israelis?

Belarus town opens synagogue for first time in over a century

Marc Chagall’s Belarus hometown celebrates first synagogue opening in a century.

Belarus town opens synagogue for first time in over a century