Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia, Ukraine Poland and the Baltic States of Lithuania and Latvia. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.
In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Belarus declared independence, but was later conquered by Soviet Russia in 1922. Belarus declared independence in 1990. Alexander Lukashenko has served as the country's president since 1994. He has been labeled "Europe's last dictator" for his authoritarian leadership. Political opposition has been violently suppressed, press freedom curbed, and Belarus is the only European country to retain capital punishment. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Belarus.
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On today's programme:Brexit Day and an unknown future for the UK - Brexit and Northern Ireland - Turks in Germany start voting in the Turkish referendum - Turkish referendum and social media – Protests and detentions in Belarus - One of Putin's biggest critics has designs on the Presidency – Are tourists a blight on Barcelona? – Ai Weiwei and the refugee crisis - Why are Norwegians just so happy?
Belarus' capital Minsk was the site of one of the country's largest protests last weekend. The demonstrations are against the rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes described as "Europe's last dictator." Freelance photographer and journalist, Filip Warwick was in Minsk and ended up being detained by the country's security services known as OMON. He explains what happened.