In Belarus, Lukashenka's rule endures 2020 — can it survive 2021?

“Past the expiry date, 1994-2020″ reads this placard at a protest in Minsk, August 2020. Lukashenka became President of Belarus in 1994. Photo CC BY-NC 2.0: Natallia Rak / Flickr. Some rights reserved. This year, Belarusians have paid a heavy price for resisting Alyaksandr Lukashenka. His attempt to claim a sixth consecutive presidential term in the August 9 election prompted the largest wave of protests in the country’s post-Soviet history. When hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of major cities, the authorities unleashed violence on a similarly historic scale…

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