Trade in Belarus

Recently, the Prime Minister has been making even more cryptic statements than Lukashenka / collage by Ulad Rubanau, Euroradio

EU's new sanctions see Belarus' exports to Europe almost halved.

Instead of making real changes to trade with the West, Lukashenka would rather emphasize the danger from Russia / AP

The 'sanctions making us stronger' talk is going away, but authorities are not ready for real changes.

Stability in the Belarusian economy means it is regularly bad / collage by Ulad Rubanau, Euroradio

Although the economy is falling, Belarusians feel better off

Belarus trades almost no technological goods with Europe but supplies a lot for construction/collage by Ulad Rubanau, Euroradio

Belstat hid the data, but we learned what exactly Belarus sells to Europe

George Orwell's antiutopia "1984"

There were rumors about a ban on its sale in Belarus.

BelAZ dump truck

Here's what exports in Lukashenka's economy will look like in 2022-2024

Mazyr Refinery /

The tried-and-true export schemes with solvents have reached Ukraine as well.

Yara's purchases are much larger than its exports to Norway / Euroradio

Belarus can find a buyer instead of Yara, but the trade will no longer be as convenient and profitable.

Lukashenka called Crimea part of Russia in an interview with a Russian TV propagandist / Euroradio 

Ukraine promises sanctions but can hurt herself due to close economic ties with Belarus.