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Tag: Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Peaceful protests met with violence in Belarus

Authorities claim landslide victory for President Lukashenka in an election that was neither free nor fair.

August 10, 2020 - Daniel Gleichgewicht

Ahead of the presidential elections in Belarus

A summary of New Eastern Europe's special coverage of the Belarusian presidential elections.

August 7, 2020 - Maxim Rust

The soul of Man under ‘Lukashenkism’

Whatever happens in the upcoming presidential elections in Belarus, the growing collective awareness of the society will have an impact on future events.

July 22, 2020 - Mario Lobo

Presidential election in Belarus: Who is participating in the race?

The Belarusian Election Commission has registered five candidates for the presidential elections which will take place on August 9th.

July 15, 2020 - Maxim Rust Yahor Azarkevich

Belarusian spring? Politicisation of the wider society

A gradual politicisation of the society in Belarus has been accelerated by the ongoing pandemic and the ineffective state response, which has led to a rise of solidarity and self-organisation.

July 8, 2020 - Olga Dryndova

Belarus. Who will win?

President Lukashenka is facing the biggest challenge of his rule. This time the dissent started long before the elections with additional participation of the Belarusian elites and periphery.

July 2, 2020 - Vitali Shkliarov

Belarusian spring? What we know about Belarusian society

Self-organisation, solidarity and politicisation – these are so far the three key words of the Belarusian Spring of 2020.

June 24, 2020 - Olga Dryndova

The price of power

For the last 25 years the Belarusian society has been living under an authoritarian regime led by Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Even though the Belarusian leader is no longer perceived as the “last dictator in Europe”, he is the post-Soviet leader who has held onto power the longest.

Many of the post-Soviet countries, especially in Eastern Europe, experienced revolutionary moments after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some saw them more than once: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Almost all of these states have tried to implement the difficult, and at times dramatic, process of establishing democracy and getting closer to the European Union and other western structures. In Belarus a fossilised conservative system, which impedes its political and economic development, has been preserved, maintaining the republic in Russia’s sphere and under its influence.

April 6, 2020 - Pavel Usov

Uncertainty and risk in Lukashenka’s times

The last 25 years in Belarus should not be seen as a period of development that was based on some predetermined plan. Rather it is a story of maintaining power, local successes and the failures of one man.

The history of a country can be divided into periods of growth and decline, euphoria and insecurity, crises and rebuilding. In Belarus, however, the past 25 years can be described as the time of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Yet, a true picture of this period is much more blurred and nuanced. It is therefore difficult to make a clear, one-sided, assessment of the last quarter century and call it a period of decline or growth.

November 13, 2019 - Andrei Kazakevich

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