Title

Not-So-Good Neighbors

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10:00am
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2200
Washington, DC
United States
Russian Influence in Belarus
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Members: 
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Representative Alcee L. Hastings
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Chairman
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
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Representative Joe Wilson
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Ranking Member
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
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Senator Ben Cardin
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Ranking Member
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
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Sofya Orlosky
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Senior Program Manager for Eurasia
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Freedom House
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Franak Viačorka
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Research Media Analyst (Contractor)
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U.S. Agency for Global Media
Name: 
Brian Whitmore
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Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Program
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CEPA
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Andrei Yeliseyeu
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Head of Monitoring Unit, International Strategic Action Network for Security (iSANS)
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Research Director, EAST Center

As a new generation of political leaders in Belarus seeks to forge closer ties with the West, the Kremlin has stepped up influence and disinformation campaigns designed to erode Belarusian sovereignty and exploit the strong historical, cultural, and economic ties between the two nations.

Expert witnesses examined how Russia most effectively penetrates Belarusian society, and the extent to which Russia’s disinformation and hybrid tactics are influencing the political landscape at a pivotal moment. Speakers also decoded Russia’s tactics in Belarus and explored how the United States can help promote the sovereignty of Belarus.

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