Majlis Podcast: The Death Of Azimjan Askarov And The Fates Of Other Political Prisoners In Central Asia

On July 25, rights defender Azimjan Askarov died in a prison in Kyrgyzstan. Askarov had been in custody for 10 years, despite appeals from international and domestic rights organizations, the UN Human Rights Committee, the European Union, and individual governments who all pointed out violations of Askarov’s rights from the time he was detained untilContinue reading “Majlis Podcast: The Death Of Azimjan Askarov And The Fates Of Other Political Prisoners In Central Asia”

Pompeo Says U.S. Firms ‘Becoming Aware’ Of Abuses In Xinjiang, Warns China On Iran Deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said American companies are “becoming aware” of human rights abuses in the Chinese province of Xinjiang as he reiterated his call for them to reconsider doing business there. During an interview with Fox News on August 2, he also said that the United States would soon take action againstContinue reading “Pompeo Says U.S. Firms ‘Becoming Aware’ Of Abuses In Xinjiang, Warns China On Iran Deal”

Belarusian Presidential Candidate Tsikhanouskaya Says She Is Against Integration With Russia

Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she is against forming a union state with Russia but called for maintaining good relations with Moscow. Tsikhanouskaya, an English translator who joined the presidential race after her husband, Syarhey Tsikhanouski, a popular vlogger, was arrested, made the comments in a lengthy interview published by the Russian news agencyContinue reading “Belarusian Presidential Candidate Tsikhanouskaya Says She Is Against Integration With Russia”

Russian Protesters Continue Marching To Support Sacked Governor

It was Day 23 on August 2 of ongoing demonstrations in support of dismissed Khabarovsk regional Governor Sergei Furgal. The protesters gathered outside the regional administration building in the Russian Far East city, chanting Furgal’s surname and the slogan, “We will come tomorrow.” Furgal was arrested on July 9 and transferred to Moscow, pending trialContinue reading “Russian Protesters Continue Marching To Support Sacked Governor”

Belarusian President Lukashenka To Address Nation Days Before Toughest Reelection Bid

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will deliver his state of the union address on August 4, just days before his toughest reelection bid since coming to power more than a quarter century ago. Lukashenka will deliver his address in parliament after its two chambers meet a day earlier to discuss key national issues, his press spokeswomanContinue reading “Belarusian President Lukashenka To Address Nation Days Before Toughest Reelection Bid”

Exiled Lukashenka Challenger Said To Leave Moscow For Kyiv

A critic of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka who last month fled the country along with his children after his and others’ candidacies were rejected for next week’s presidential election has reportedly left Russia for neighboring Ukraine. A spokesman for Valer Tsapkala said on August 2 that the 55-year-old politician and founder of a prominent high-techContinue reading “Exiled Lukashenka Challenger Said To Leave Moscow For Kyiv”

Russian Vaccine Developer Further Tempers Official’s Claim Of October Rollout

Researchers behind one of two Russian candidate vaccines against the coronavirus undergoing the approval process in that country say they plan to launch production in November, raising further questions about official Russian pledges to have a vaccination campaign well under way before then. The director-general of the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology,Continue reading “Russian Vaccine Developer Further Tempers Official’s Claim Of October Rollout”

Letters From Labor Camp: Dying Messages From A ‘Traitorous’ Mother In Soviet Exile

“You do not care that your mother lives among strangers in the depths of Siberia, among rocky mountains and terrifying gusting winds, left to die without any help, hungry and cold….” At the age of 76, Jozefa Bujdo was paying the consequences of marrying a Russian and having a son who entered the Polish policeContinue reading “Letters From Labor Camp: Dying Messages From A ‘Traitorous’ Mother In Soviet Exile”