Belarus votes on Sunday - and there's little doubt about the outcome. The country's president Alexander Lukashenko has been in charge since the 1990s. DW met up with one of his critics, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature.
Three prominent Kremlin-critical journalists have left Russia in recent months. They cite various reasons for leaving, but one event looms large behind their departures: the Russian presidential election next March.
Russia and Belarus have moved toward a rapprochement after a series of disputes between the traditional allies. It comes as both countries have cracked down on rare street protests.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said Berlin wants to agree on a UN peacekeeping mandate before Russia's election in March. Gabriel was also critical of the US decision to supply Kyiv with anti-tank missiles.
The EU is to finance the construction of centers to house illegal migrants in Belarus. The plans have upset the country's residents and raised concerns in Russia. Minsk is now threatening to stop the project.
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