Putin doubles down on Belarus ally, wary of protest contagion

World / Politics | FOCUS Sep 13, 2020

Putin doubles down on Belarus ally, wary of protest contagion

Russian President Vladimir Putin is tightening his embrace of beleaguered ally Alexander Lukashenko as the Belarusian ruler intensifies a crackdown on monthlong protests. Putin, who hosts Lukashenko for talks in Sochi on Monday, is determined opposition demonstrators won’t topple the Belarusian president, said five people ...

Belarusian opposition leader calls for new protests and vote recount

World / Politics Aug 14, 2020

Belarusian opposition leader calls for new protests and vote recount

Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Friday asked supporters to sign an online petition demanding a recount of last Sunday's presidential election, in which she believes she was cheated out of victory. In a video posted on YouTube, Tsikhanouskaya, who is in neighboring Lithuania, also ...

Japan to extend entry ban to Russia and 13 other countries, Abe says

National Apr 27, 2020

Japan to extend entry ban to Russia and 13 other countries, Abe says

Japan will deny entry to foreign travelers from a further 14 countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, strengthening its border controls to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. With the ban effective starting Wednesday, people ...