The two men convicted of the April 2011 Minsk subway bombing have been executed according to Belarusian state television. EU members had urged Belarus not to carry out the executions and have strongly condemned them.
Three Ukrainian FEMEN activists have allegedly been kidnapped by Belarusian KGB officers who threatened the protesters with knives, cut their hair and then left the women alone in the woods, says the movement’s webpage.
As the ink dries on new economic integration documents signed between the Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh leaders on Friday, observers analyze what role the Eurasian Union will play on the global stage.
With the events of 2011 in mind, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko praises military-technical cooperation with Russia after reviewing the results of a joint military exercise held with Russian forces.
There will be no attempt to resurrect the USSR, Kazakh President Nazarbaev has stated in an article devoted to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s proposal to create a Eurasian Union comprising Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has called Vladimir Putin’s plan to create a Eurasian Union based on Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan “the right strategy,” but said that his people would support it only if it improved living conditions.