Nuclear Russia Scares the World (Again)

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by Tatyana Ivanova An international scandal involving ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) contamination of the atmosphere in most European countries has revealed fundamental problems with the Russian nuclear industry. The Russian State Corporation (Rosatom) has denied the massive leak at its Ural reprocessing facility.… Continue Reading  

Belarus Cracks Down on Growing Dissent

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by Tatyana Ivanova In the face of demonstrations throughout the country that raise comparisons to the Ukrainian Euromaidan protests of 2014, Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has ordered his security forces to “pick out” the organizers of protest actions “like raisins from… Continue Reading  

Is Belarus on the Verge of Revolution?

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by Tatyana Ivanova After a short period of liberalization, the Belarus government has changed course, tightening the screws and escalating political repression. In the past few weeks in Belarus, the authorities have unjustifiably detained, fined, and arrested more than 300 people,… Continue Reading  

The Nobel Laureate vs. the Dictator

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by Tatyana Ivanova The prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 has been awarded to my compatriot from Belarus, writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich. Many Belarusians pin their hopes on this prize. That’s why she started her Nobel Lecture at the Stockholm… Continue Reading