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New Academic Term (2022-23): OBO-OST Webinar Series

The webinar series is jointly convened by the  University of Oxford’s Belarus Observatory (OBO) and the Research Centre of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s Office (OST Research Centre).

Each webinar will be 1h 15 minutes in duration. The audience is invited to post questions in the chat function. There are two working languages (English and Belarusian) for the webinar (see the Interpretation option). The webinar is also live streamed to YouTube, and a recording will be available after the discussion.

Please look out for our new season webinar series which will be announced at the start of the new 2022-23 Academic year.


The new OBO podcast series: “The Walls Will Crumble”

We are delighted to share the following recordings of our OBO Podcast Series on our YouTube channel

The Walls Will Crumble is an Oxford Belarus Observatory podcast hosted by David Saveliev. Through interviews with leading experts and activists, David explores the intricacies of one of the most important turning points of recent history - the 2020 Belarusian protests. David has covered the protests on the ground in Belarus and researched the country extensively.

Episode 1: David interviews Artyom Shraibman, a renowned Belarusian political analyst and a non-residential fellow at the Carnegie Endowment. They discuss the 2020 protests and their global implications. (Date: 4 July 2022)

Episode 2: David interviews Maksimas Milta of ReThink. Maksimas is CEE Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US and Associate Analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Center. He is currently based at Yale University (European and Russian Studies). Earlier, he served at the European Humanities University, a Vilnius-based Belarusian University-in-Exile for 8 years. David and Maksimas discuss the way diaspora politics played into the 2020 uprising as well as the role of Belarus' western neighbour states. (Date: 29 August 2022)


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