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Belarus drug legislation amendments 2019 explained

On 13 June 2019, the Belarusian House of Representatives passed amendments to the notorious Article 328 of the country's Criminal Code. In the new version of the legislation, the lower limit of punishment under the 2nd and 3rd parts of the article that account for...

Belarus Drug Policy Overview. Piotr Markielau for Speek Freely

According to the Democracy Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Belarus is ranked 137th of 167 countries and is considered an authoritarian state. Alaksandar Łukašenka has been the country’s president since 1994, making him the longest-ruling president...

Planting seeds of harm reduction in Belarus

How to reduce the harms of drugs? This question was used as the event title for a lecture series organized by Legalize Belarus, the only group in the country advocating for decriminalisation of drug use. Supported by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Students For...

State Slavery in Belarus is Reality

Officially, slavery is prohibited under the Belarusian Criminal Code (Article 181.1 of the Criminal Code — the “Use of slave labor”). The Belarusian Constitution guarantees a fair share of remuneration for the economic results of citizens’ work in accordance with its...

Piotr Markiełaŭ on the War on Drugs in Authoritarianism

Where there is a centralised power, in its operation, governing rely on numeric indicators such as the number of criminal cases that are to be brought to court by the law enforcement bodies, so called “planned” indicators. Even if it’s not regulated by public...

How to Reduce Harm of Drugs Event in Mahiloŭ

Original lecture of Legalize Belarus on harm reduction by the "boy in orange jacket" was held on 17 March 2019 in Mahiloŭ. Around 15 people gathered on this Sunday evening to learn about the effects of the most popular psychoactive substances in Belarus and about the...