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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: What’s Next For Belarus? On-The-Ground Coverage Of Post-Election Crackdown In Belarus

Belarusian Protesters Say Police Fired Rubber Bullets After Lukashenka Claimed Victory
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VIDEO: Belarusian Protesters Say Police Fired Rubber Bullets After Lukashenka Claimed Victory

Troop deployments, violent protests, and a police crackdown have followed Belarus’s August 9 presidential election. Although incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been declared the winner, many observers inside Belarus consider the voting to have been rigged. Challenger Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has rejected preliminary official results, but called on both security forces and Belarusian citizens to refrain from violence.

RFE/RL local journalists with the Belarus Service and Current Time digital network defied constraints to produce outstanding coverage of the August 9 poll. They will continue, on the ground, in cities and towns, providing live, comprehensive reporting of the unprecedented situation inside Belarus, and whatever comes next. Contact them for comment.

TRACK RFE/RL’s comprehensive coverage of the election HERE

RFE/RL experts in Minsk and Prague are available for comment on the election and its aftermath:

  • ALYAKSANDRA DYNKO, RFE/RL Belarus Service Journalist (in Minsk | English/Belarusian/Russian) -- phone: +375.44.754.58.91 -- Twitter: @Svaboda
  • KASTUS LASHKEVICH, RFE/RL Belarus Service Managing Edito (in Minsk | English/Belarusian/Russian) -- phone: +375.29.643.45.43 -- Twitter: @klashkevich
  • ALEXANDER LUKASHUK, RFE/RL Belarus Service Director (English/Belarusian/Russian) -- phone: +420.221.123.276 -- Twitter: @Svaboda


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