Kremlin narratives have co-opted history and propagated a distorted memory of the Soviet past.
The authorities routinely harass and arrest relatives of activists as a tactic of intimidation.
In one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters, mere dissent can lead to years in jail.
The combined sentences of those jailed in demonstrations amount to nearly 500 years.
Security services use TV confessions to spread fear and promote public self-censorship.
Architect of Minsk’s multi-vector foreign policy dies as country faces pressure from the Kremlin to step up role in Ukraine.
Belarusian citizens denied justice at home may no longer be able to appeal to a last resort committee.
Even those who flee the country are liable to prosecution.
Tens of thousands fled over the border after the disputed 2020 elections. Now, many are volunteering to help the war effort.
Regime uses accusations of extremism to silence dissenting voices – and intimidate news consumers.