The protests in Belarus: insights from Minska and the Western view

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Eastern Europe Studies Centre 

Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime, established as a result of a constitutional coup in 1996, is currently facing the most serious political crisis in all the years of its existence. After the cynically rigged election on 9 August 2020, masses of people took to the streets of their cities to protest. The officially announced results of the election in which Lukashenko won 80.1 % of the vote, while his main rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, received just 10.1 %, radically diverged from the views of the majority of Belarusians… SEE MORE

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