Belarus News: Belarusian State University to host online conference on cultural heritage

Belarus News: Belarusian State University to host online conference on cultural heritage. “The online discussions will bring together around 40 scientists, teachers, postgraduate students, and researchers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Turkmenistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. They will discuss matters related to Oriental studies, classical and medieval studies of Belarus, cultural heritage, history, and religion of the East in ancient and medieval times in the historical memory of the Belarusian nation and share results of research in this field. Following the conference, the BSU will publish a collection of reports from the conference in its Digital Library.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive. “Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed.”

Radio Free Europe: Belarusian Protesters Counter Authorities’ Moves With Online Tactics

Radio Free Europe: Belarusian Protesters Counter Authorities’ Moves With Online Tactics. “The risks are high, with opposition leaders such as Maryya Kalesnikava jailed after being accused of using media and the Internet to stage protests. But Belarusians are defying the authorities by going online to expose members of the security services cracking down on demonstrations, recruit volunteers, share news and information, and strategize methods of peaceful protest.”

‘Telegram revolution’: How a social media app helped drive protests in Belarus post presidential polls (New Indian Express)

New Indian Express: ‘Telegram revolution’: How a social media app helped drive protests in Belarus post presidential polls. “Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus’ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messaging app. They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement.”

Meduza: Anonymous IT specialists launch database of people arrested during opposition protests in Belarus

Meduza: Anonymous IT specialists launch database of people arrested during opposition protests in Belarus. “According to the website’s creators, as of August 18, the database had collected information on 5,000 people arrested during the rallies from August 10–16. The website relies on data from volunteers, the Belarusian Prosecutor’s Office, and the news site Tut.by, as well as information ‘from lists created on Telegram channels.’”

CNN: Belarus President dismissed Covid-19 as ‘psychosis.’ Now he says he caught it

CNN: Belarus President dismissed Covid-19 as ‘psychosis.’ Now he says he caught it. “The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has said he contracted coronavirus but recovered without suffering any symptoms, state-run news agency Belta reported Tuesday. Lukashenko has repeatedly dismissed the threat posed by Covid-19, touted home remedies and refused to shut down his country, making Belarus an outlier in Europe.”

New York Times: A Dissident Company Celebrates 15 Years Underground

New York Times: A Dissident Company Celebrates 15 Years Underground. “Long before the coronavirus closed most of the world’s playhouses, one company pioneered creating theater at a distance. The Belarus Free Theater, founded in 2005 by dissident artists in the former Soviet republic, has operated clandestinely in the capital, Minsk, and in London, where the artistic directors, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, have lived in exile since 2011. For performances in Belarus, where most of the 12-person ensemble is still based, the troupe rehearses its provocative productions over Skype and puts them on in changing ‘underground’ locations, in defiance of a government ban.”

Belarus News: Belarus’ National Library to launch online project to celebrate Great Victory

Belarus News: Belarus’ National Library to launch online project to celebrate Great Victory. “Belarus’ National Library is launching a new project titled 100 Days Before the Great Victory through the Pages of the Belarusian Newspapers, BelTA has learned from the library. From 30 January to 9 May the website of the National Library will be presenting daily chronicles of news and events as reflected in the periodical press of Soviet Belarus back in 1945.”

RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media

RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media. “Belarusian lawmakers have passed controversial amendments to the country’s media laws despite claims by domestic and international groups that the move risks leading to further censorship of the press. The National Assembly on June 14 voted on the second and final reading of the draft amendments that the government says will enable it to prosecute people suspected of spreading ‘false’ information on the Internet.”

National Library of Belarus: Zvyazda 100-Year Digital Archive Is Being Created

National Library of Belarus: Zvyazda 100-Year Digital Archive Is Being Created. “In 2018 – the Year of Native Land in Belarus – the National Library of Belarus looks forward to gathering digital copies of the newspaper Zvyazda for 100 years…. The newspaper is unique as it was one of the first periodicals to cover the most significant historical events of our Motherland: the proclamation of the BSSR, the annexation of Western Belarus to the BSSR, the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, the liberation of Belarus from fascism, etc. During the Great Patriotic War, the newspaper was published underground.”

Belarusian State University Launches Digital Archive of BSU Photographs

The Belarusian State University has launched a digital archive of photographs. (The press release is in Russian but Google Translate does a decent job with it.) Also from the press release, also translated from Russian: “‘Today, in the digital photo archive of more than 20,000 photos, 700 collections. Most of the events in the photos recovered by the newspaper “Unіversіtet”, which is published at BSU since 1929. The pre-war BSU pictures and information about them is given the staff and the Faculty of History , BSU History Museum’- adds Pavel Solovyov.” Pavel Solovyov is head of BSU’s media center. A much briefer story, without a link to the archives, is available here. It’s in English. Big shoutout to Petravets Larisa at BSU for so quickly responding to my e-mail!