Thousands of convicts given amnesty

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- More than 4,200 convicts in Belarus were released from custody because of an amnesty declaration made last year by the president, officials said Monday.

Thousands freed in Belarusian amnesty

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The government of Belarus announced that more than 4,000 convicts were released from prison as part of an amnesty program enacted last year.

Uzbekistan leaves security bloc

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Uzbekistan has officially ended its membership in a Russian-led international collective security organization, the president of Belarus announced in Moscow.

Belarus charges party member with treason

MINSK, Belarus, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A member of a Belarusian political party still in its formative stages has been arrested on suspicion of high treason, a party official said Tuesday.

Ex-Mossad chief gets liver transplant

MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A former Israeli Mossad chief underwent a liver transplant in Belarus 10 days ago, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

Minsk wants oil tit-for-tat with Moscow

MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Belarusian president said Tuesday he'd allow Russian companies to invest in domestic refineries in exchange for access to Russian oil and gas fields.

Minsk rights record under fire from HRW

MOSCOW, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Belarus should halt harassment of political prisoners and investigate alleged prisoner abuse, Human Rights Watch said.

Election in Belarus frustrates Washington

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The government in Belarus is called on to take steps necessary to honor commitments to democracy following controversial elections, the U.S. government said.

Boycotted Belarus election declared valid

MINSK, Belarus, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Enough residents voted in boycotted Parliamentary elections in Belarus to make the results valid, the country's Central Election Commission has declared.

Opposition boycotts Belarus election

MINSK, Belarus, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The two main opposition parties in Belarus said they boycotted Sunday's parliamentary elections because of alleged fraud.

EU mulls fitting response to Belarus

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- EU senior foreign policy officials met Friday to decide how to punish Belarus without playing into the hands of President Alexander Lukashenko, whose orchestrated diplomatic escalation has diverted attention from abuses in the country.

Teddy bears spark Belarus diplomatic row

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- All EU ambassadors may be withdrawn from Belarus in a diplomatic row sparked when teddy bears promoting democracy were airdropped over the country.

PR firm says it dropped teddy bears alone

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Swedish ambassador to Belarus worked with the public relations firm that dropped teddy bears on the country, the Belarusian president charged Thursday.

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Belarus expelled the Swedish ambassador, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt announced Friday, saying the move "shows nature of regime."
Officials fired over teddy bear drop

Officials fired over teddy bear drop

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko fired two top military officials over a foreign plane that entered Belarus and dropped hundreds of teddy bears.
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Alexander Lukashenko
BEL2000101503- 15 OCTOBER 2000 - MINSK, BELARUS: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko smiles at a polling station during the elections to the lower house, or Chamber of Representatives, Minsk, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000. rw/Stringer UPI

Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (Belarusian: Аляксандр Рыгоравіч Лукашэнка, ; Romanized: Alyaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka; Russian: Александр Григорьевич Лукашенко, ; Romanized: Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko; born 30 or 31 August 1954) has been serving as the President of Belarus since 20 July 1994. Before his career as a politician, Lukashenko worked as director of a state-owned agricultural farm. Under Lukashenko's rule, Belarus has come to be viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law and whose regime is considered to grossly violate human rights. Belarus has never held a poll seen as fair by international monitors since Lukashenko began his presidency. Belarus has been called “the last true remaining dictatorship in the heart of Europe” by the former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He and other Belarusian officials are also subject of the sanctions imposed by the European Union for egregious human rights violations.

Lukashenko was born on 30 or 31 August 1954 in the settlement of Kopys in the Vitebsk voblast of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. Trokhym Lukashenko, grandfather of Lukashenko – was born in the Sumy Oblast of Ukraine. Lukashenko grew up without a father in his childhood, leading him to be taunted by his schoolmates for having an unmarried mother. He graduated from the Mogilev Pedagogical Institute in 1975 and the Belarussian Agricultural Academy in 1985. He served in the Border Guard (frontier troops) from 1975 to 1977 and in the Soviet Army from 1980 to 1982. Lukashenko led a Komsomol chapter in Mogilev from 1977 to 1978. While in the Soviet Army, Lukashenko was an officer of the 120th Motorised Rifle "Guard" Division, which was based in Minsk. After leaving the military he became the deputy chairman of a collective farm in 1982 and in 1985. He was promoted to the post of director of the Gorodets state farm and construction materials plant in the Shklov district.

In 1990, Lukashenko was elected as a Deputy in the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus. He was the only deputy of the Belarusian parliament who voted against ratification of the December 1991 agreement that dissolved the Soviet Union and set up the Commonwealth of Independent States in its place.

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