The living cost crisis: How are the sanctioned economies of Belarus and Russia faring?


Prof. Julia Korosteleva, Professor in Business Economics School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London



Aleś Alachnovič, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s Representative on Economic Reforms, Leader of CASE Belarus Team Economy

Kateryna Bornukova, Academic Director at Belarusian Research and Outreach Center 

Prof. Christopher Gerry, Dean of Graduate School of Development, University of Central Asia and Oxford Belarus Observatory

Michal Wyrebkowski, Eastern Europe and Energy Research Lead at Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute



Europe, and the world are being hit by unfolding energy, fuel, and living cost crises, as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Belarus, where illegitimate leader A. Lukashenka supports Russian aggression going against the will of his people, is increasingly seen as a co-aggressor and accomplice to this war. The use of Belarusian territory for the war in Ukraine by Russia, and both leaders’ claims to deploy all means necessary to safeguard their interests, posit additional security challenges for Europe and the world, instigating new sanctions in response. What are the consequences of the sanctions so far? How do the sanctions impact different social groups in Belarus? Do they have any effect on the leadership in Belarus and Ukraine? What does the Lukashenka regime try to do to circumvent sanctions, and whether the sanctions regime can be revised to have a more direct impact on the Belarusian regime? 

These questions will be discussed in a panel discussion organised by the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Oxford Belarus Observatory. 

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