Yara International has announced it will wind down purchases of potash from Belarus by April due to international sanctions. The Belarusian diaspora regularly protested against Yara’s cooperation with the regime-owned enterprise.
During 2021, the number of political prisoners increased by 800 people. Human rights activists recorded 1,285 convictions in politically motivated criminal trials. However, this is only a small part of the largest crackdown in Belarus’ recent history.
A 27-year-old resident of Rechytsa died on New Year’s Eve in the hospital, where he was brought from the police station. On January 3, it was reported that several friends of the deceased were arrested.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya turned to Google with a request to stop the abuse of YouTube, which was routinely used by Lukashenko’s regime for showing and advertising videos of interrogation of Belarusian political prisoners on YouTube.
Alexander Lukashenko has been named Person of the Year in the category “Organized Crime and Corruption” by the investigative consortium OCCRP.
Siarhei Tsikhanouski was sentenced to 18 years in prison. EU and US politicians have strongly condemned the politically motivated sentences.
A former air traffic controller has revealed the details of the Ryanair plane’s forced landing to Polish investigators. He states that the incident was a KGB operation.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.