09 august 2020

Lukashenko: Soviet-style autocrat on Europe's doorstep - France 24


Strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades, is facing down the greatest challenge to his rule ahead of presidential elections on Sunday. In the run-up to the vote in which Lukashenko will seek a sixth term, protests have erupted across the country straddling Russia and Europe, with 37-year-old stay-at-home-mother Svetlana Tikhanovskaya emerging as his toughest rival. Critics have mocked Lukashenko, claiming his approval ratings have hit single [...]