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  • The Court of Justice of the EU: Chyzh plays hockey with Lukashenko, so what?


    Once again, the Court of Justice of the EU has made it clear to the Council of the EU’ lawyers that they need to provide more cogent arguments why sanctions must be imposed on Belarusian citizens and companies. The EU’s legislative branch requires incontrovertible evidence of mutually beneficial connections between Belarusian tycoons and the country’s political regime; implicit arguments are insufficient.  ...
  • Elections–2015: An illusion of unity before reforms start?


    The elections turned out to be remarkably predictable for most observers. Lukashenka won 83.5% of the vote, whereas his rivals managed less than 5% each. The “against everyone” candidate came second, and Tacciana Karatkievič was ranked third. ...
  • Same Old, Same Old? Belarus Votes


    BISS senior analyst Dzianis Melyantsou together with a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment and project director at Pact Balazs Jarabik prepared an article that analyses the presidential elections in Belarus. The article was first published on the Carnegie Moscow Center web-site. ...
  • BISS Political Media Barometer(April – June 2015): The framework for election coverage is set by the media instead of the politicians


    BISS offers the key findings of its monitoring of the political forces’ and actors’ media presence between April and June 2015. Data analysis has led us to the following conclusions: •      The forthcoming election was felt in a surge of political communications.  Their number grew from 4,965 in the first quarter of 2015 to 6,477 in April – June. ...
  • BISS becomes top-ranked Belarusian think tank


    The Belarusian Research Council has presented the results of the first ranking of Belarusian think tanks. The top three spots are the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, IPM Research Center, and Our Opinion “Nashe Mnenie” expert community. Of the twelve rated agencies, they showed the best results in terms of technical and methodological capacity, informational coverage, and volume and quality of research and analysis. ...
  • Belarus Foreign Policy Index N27 (July–August 2015)


    We are pleased to present the twenty-seventh issue of Belarus Foreign Policy Index, in which we analyze Belarus’s foreign policy in the five key dimensions in July and August 2015. In July and August, the relationship between ...
  • Belarusian Yearbook 2014


    The presentation of Belarusian Yearbook 2014, a complex analysis of the situation in the most important segments of the state and society for 2014, was held in Minsk. The book is a combined effort of the Belarusian expert community under the aegis of the website Nashe Mnenie (Our Opinion). ...

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