BELARUS has nearer political and financial ties to Russia than any of the opposite former Soviet republics, says the CIA.

It has an authoritarian authorities headed by “Europe’s final dictator”, Alexander Lukashenko, who guidelines with an iron fist.

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The Holy Assumption cathedral in Vitebsk, Belarus[/caption]

Is Belarus within the EU?

Belarus will not be within the European Union (EU).

The bloc is a political and financial union, consisting of 27 member states.

It operates an inner (or single) market which permits free motion of products, capital, providers and folks between member states.

The EU international locations are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Eire, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Belarus is a landlocked nation in japanese Europe, bordered by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine.

EU relations with Belarus

Since October 2020, the EU has progressively imposed restrictions in opposition to Belarus.

It says these measures had been adopted in response to the fraudulent nature of the August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus.

Additionally, “they had been imposed in gentle of the intimidation and violent repression of peaceable protesters, opposition members and journalists”.

It added: “The EU doesn’t recognise the outcomes of the Belarus elections, condemning them as neither free, nor honest.”.

The bloc has imposed sanctions in opposition to 90 individuals, together with Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko and his son and Nationwide Safety Adviser, Viktor Lukashenko.

They “have been recognized as answerable for repression and intimidation in opposition to peaceable demonstrators, opposition members and journalists within the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, in addition to for misconduct of the electoral course of,” says the EU.

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Brutal Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko[/caption]

What was Belarus known as earlier than and when did it turn into unbiased?

Belarus was beforehand often known as Belorussia or Byelorussia.

Again in 1919, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR) was created.

Though declared a sovereign communist state, it really joined the Soviet Union three years later.

Then on September 19, 1991, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic instructed the United Nations that it had modified its identify to Belarus.

The identify of the state was adopted – the Republic of Belarus. It’s bordered by Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

Nevertheless, throughout the 2020 uprisings in opposition to President Lukashenko, the landlocked nation in Japanese Europe was referred to by a distinct identify.

Within the Netherlands, the media printed tales about protests in “Wit-Rusland”, which interprets immediately from Dutch to “White-Russia”, explains Euronews.

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The Belarus flag[/caption]

Another international locations, together with Germany, additionally did not consult with it as Belarus.

Euronews stated that the Dutch Overseas Ministry regards each Belarus and Wit-Rusland as “the identical nation”.

The Netherlands writes Belarus on official paperwork, equivalent to treaties, however Wis-Rusland additionally stays in use as “most people within the Netherlands are extra conversant in Wit-Rusland than Belarus,” stated a spokesperson.

The Belarusian Overseas Ministry has tweeted at worldwide organisations – together with the Council of Europe – insisting they use Belarus.

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Two well-known towers, known as Metropolis Gates, within the capital, Minsk[/caption]

Is Belarus a dictatorship?

Belarus has an authoritarian authorities dominated by its present – and solely – president, Alexander Lukashenko.

The chief is steadily known as “Europe’s final dictator” as he has dominated the ex-Soviet nation of 10 million with an iron hand for 1 / 4 of a century.

Since his election in July 1994 because the nation’s first and solely immediately elected president, Lukashenko “has steadily consolidated his energy by authoritarian means and a centralised financial system.

The CIA stated: “Authorities restrictions on political and civil freedoms, freedom of speech and the press, peaceable meeting, and faith have remained in place.”

He has “maintained his grip on energy by a secret police and state violence” to quash dissent, says an LSE Division of Authorities weblog.

Belarus “isn’t any stranger to rigged elections underneath Lukashenko’s heavy-handed rule”, it provides.

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Hundreds of protesters stand in opposition to the federal government after the ‘rigged’ election[/caption]

Lukashenko infamously claimed victory within the August 2020 election, triggering widespread civil unrest – which led to a complete web blackout and stunning police brutality.

When a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals took to the road to oppose his oppressive regime, the state responded with excessive violence.

Belarusian safety forces arbitrarily detained 1000’s of individuals and systematically subjected a whole bunch to torture and different ill- remedy, Human Rights Watch stated.

However, says the LSE weblog, this hasn’t absolutely quelled pro-democracy efforts, and “Lukashenko’s help from the ruling elite is lowering as properly”.

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Shut ties with Russia – as President Vladimir Putin, proper, visits church with Nikolay, centre, and Alexander Lukashenko, ‘Europe’s final dictator’[/caption]


What’s the principle faith in Belarus?

Orthodox is the principal faith of Belarus, with worshippers attending greater than 1,000 Orthodox church buildings.

Altogether, 25 spiritual denominations are registered in Belarus, says the Jamestown Basis.

Non-orthodox religions within the nation embody catholic, protestant, Judaism and Islam