McDonald's linked to crackdown in Belarus

McDonald's has been accused of turning a blind eye to gross human rights violations in Belarus after evidence from the global fast-food chain was used by prosecutors in the trials of pro-democracy activists.

Rush-hour bomb explosion on Minsk metro leaves 11 dead

Eleven people were reported dead and 126 injured last night after an explosion at a metro station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Much about the blast was unclear yesterday evening, including who may have been behind it.

At least seven dead in Belarus metro blast

An explosion tore through a key subway station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk during evening rush hour today, killing at least seven people and wounding 35, the official state news agency said

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Tory peer's PR firm lobbies as Lukashenko crushes dissent

A public relations firm headed by a prominent donor to the Tory party is leading a lobbying drive to encourage foreign companies to invest in Belarus as the country's dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, initiates a state-wide crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

Belarus dictator mocks plan to prosecute him

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, has hit out at plans by a group of British lawyers to sue him over his regime's ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners. The 56-year-old leader, often described as Europe's last dictator, said any attempt to pursue him through the courts had "zero prospects" and were a "cheap trick" by opposition politicians. He also attacked The Independent, which broke the news yesterday that H20 Law, a specialist human rights law firm, was planning to launch both a civil action and a private prosecution against him. In a statement published on Belarusian news sites, Pavel Legkiy, Mr Lukashenko's press officer, denounced the plan as "nothing more than a PR-action by these gentlemen lawyers. This is just a way to somehow draw attention to themselves by exploiting the popularity of the Belarusian leader and the seriousness of the political situation."