Posts tagged as Belarusians

Lithuania grants 507 visas to Belarusians fleeing repressions

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Lithuania has granted a total of 507 visas to Belarusian citizens fleeing the regime, the Lithuanian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. “The figure is constantly changing and we are issuing permits to come to Lithuania every day,” Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said in a statement. “As protests show no signs of calming down, people decide to leave Belarus. But these people can return to their country, once they are out…

Belarusians in Lithuania protest Lukashenko’s ‘farce’ inauguration

Thursday, September 24, 2020

On Wednesday, several dozen Belarusians gathered outside the country’s embassy in Lithuania to protest against Alexander Lukashenko’s secret inauguration. Anastasia Markevich, a Belarusian studying in Lithuania, described the inauguration as absurd, saying she does not consider Lukashenko a legitimate leader. “I think it’s absurd. We don’t consider Lukashenko a legitimate president. I don’t think today’s inauguration was legitimate,” said Markevich, while she held a poster supporting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leading…

Sixty-nine Belarusians flee to Lithuania after repressions

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania has granted permissions to 262 Belarusian nationals to come to the country on humanitarian grounds, according to the Interior Ministry. So far, 69 of them have arrived in the country. Another 18 people from Belarus have applied for asylum in Lithuania. While travel from Belarus to Lithuania is restricted due to the coronavirus, Belarusians can seek entry “on special humanitarian grounds” since mid-August, after the Belarusian government unleashed a…

Lithuania to ease visa procedures for Belarusians

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry plans to facilitate visa issuance for Belarusian citizens. According to the ministry, as of September 21, Belarusians be able to apply for the Lithuanian visa under the same rules as the citizens of Australia, Japan, the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea. Belarusians will be able to get the visa for six months, as long as they can provide proof of adequate financial resources…

Activist Latushko: Views of neighbours matter to Belarusians

Friday, September 4, 2020

The views of neighbours matter a lot to Belarusians, Pavel Latushko, from the presidium of the Belarusian opposition’s Coordination Council, said in Vilnius on Friday. Latushko said his trips to Poland and Lithuania were aimed at providing first-hand information about the developments in Belarus. “As a member of the presidium of the Coordinating Council, which was practically formed at Belarusian society’s initiative, I have the goal of informing you about…

Russian FM: Lithuania ‘overstepped all decency’ in support for Belarusians

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed Lithuania’s alleged “undemocratic methods” to support the Belarusian opposition. “We see attempts to unbalance the situation,” said Lavrov, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. “As a matter of fact, no one is concealing this.” “Our Lithuanian neighbours have already overstepped all bounds of decency in the demands that they are putting forth,” said Lavrov at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “And we…

Lithuania grants entry to 64 Belarusians fleeing persecution

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lithuania has so far granted entry to 64 Belarusians under the so-called humanitarian exception, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Tuesday. “Sixty-four permits have been issued to date, but not all of the Belarusian citizens have used them,” she told LRT RADIO. Belarusian nationals who do not hold a residency are not permitted to enter Lithuania due to coronavirus restrictions. Lithuania’s government granted the exception to Belarusians coming “for special…

‘Are you looking for a bloodbath?’: Spanish MEP Manu Pineda blasts Tsikhanouskaya

By David Walsh on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Spanish Member of the European Parliament fiercely criticised Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya after her appearance at Tuesday’s European Parliament committee, asking “are you looking for a bloodbath?” A former candidate in Belarus’ presidential election earlier this month, Tsikhanouskaya appeared via video link from exile in Vilnius, Lithuania to deliver a speech to the parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on the current situation in the Eastern European state. Using…

Latvia promises easier entry for Belarusians

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In response to the events in Belarus, the procedures by which citizens of Belarus may receive a visa for entry to Latvia have been greatly relaxed, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs August 24. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ĀM) refrained from explaining why a visa was not received by former official of the Belarusian Investigation Committee Andrei Ostapovich, who hoped to obtain political asylum in Latvia but was detained by the Russian authorities…

Lithuania rallies behind persecuted Belarusians

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Saturday, August 15, 2020

On the other side of the Belarusian border just 30 kilometres from Vilnius, three nights of post-election protests continue to shake Belarus. On Tuesday,  Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main election opponent to Alexander Lukashenko, arrived in Lithuania under yet unclear circumstances. Meanwhile, Lithuanian civil society and authorities have begun rallying support for persecuted Belarusians: – All major  news outlets in Lithuania have offered support to beleaguered colleagues in Belarus  , saying they…