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Belarus jails border guard over ‘teddy bear invasion’

Belarus has convicted and jailed for two years a border guard for failing to report that a foreign plane full of teddy bears had crossed into national airspace from Lithuania last July, the Belarus Supreme Court said Tuesday. The decision by a military tribunal is the first jailing in connection…

‘Better a dictator than gay’: Belarus leader

MINSK — The mercurial Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko lashed out Sunday at recent sanctions imposed by Europe over his rights record by saying he would rather be branded a dictator than be gay. Lukashenko said in impromptu remarks at a mass ski event that the foreign ministers of Poland and…

Feminist protesters ‘kidnapped, stripped’ by Belarus KGB

Three Ukrainian feminists who staged a topless protest mocking the Belarussian strongman were “kidnapped” by KGB security agents who forced them to strip naked in a forest and threatened to torch them, the group charged Tuesday. The three members of the radical Femen group had gone missing after their protest Monday outside the offices of the Belarussian…

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