About the website
This website is being launched as a part of the Belarus Initiative - a project run by Chatham House in partnership with the Center for New Ideas.

We decided to create it due to the lack of publicly available sociological data, which limits both Belarusian and international actors in understanding Belarusian society. The sociological data of Chatham House, like this site, serves to fill this gap.
About Belarus Initiative
Belarus’s 2020 presidential election and the brutal state response to the subsequent protests deprived most citizens of the political transformation they so clearly demanded.

The state’s continued disregard for democratic processes and human rights stymies the country’s development, and strategically directed international support is required to hold Belarus’s political actors to account.

The project uses locally gathered evidence, including polling, to bring the international political community together with local and regional experts to monitor and discuss the most crucial issues the country is facing.

It offers recommendations to guide the international community’s policy response to support political transformation, human rights, good governance, and democracy in Belarus. The project also highlights the hardships faced by women and marginalized communities.

The Belarus Initiative is run by Chatham House in partnership with the Center for New Ideas and led by Ryhor Astapenia.