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  • Writer's pictureYaroslav Romanchuk

EU/US Sanctions and the Belarusian Economy

The year 2021 proved to be a very difficult one for Belarus. The government in Minsk has consistently increased pressure on civil society and provoked neighbouring states, while the EU, the US and the UK have just as consistently increased pressure on the regime through economic sanctions and political isolation. How successful the sanctions policy against the authorities in Minsk has been analyzes economist Y. Romanchuk.



In 2020-2021, the European Union and the United States imposed five packages of sanctions against the Belarusian regime. The European Union and the U.S. imposed five packages of sanctions against the Belarusian regime. Their purpose is to force Lukashenka to release political prisoners, to stop the interest-free repression of civil society, independent media, and political opposition, and to force the Belarusian head of state to negotiate democratic, free elections. As of the end of 2021, none of these goals had been met. Moreover, the repression has become even more severe.


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