Belarus has created a migrant crisis at its border in an apparent move to punish the European Union for its opposition to the country’s leader.
The crisis at the Belarus/Poland border follows 18 months of political turmoil for the country’s authoritarian president.
Recent actions against critics of the Belarusian government show that Lukashenko’s crackdown on dissent is extending beyond the country’s borders.
Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin’s defiant support for Belarus’s rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
Belarus’ leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has gone to extraordinary measures to cling to power. Last weekend, this included the state-sanctioned hijacking of a passenger plane.
Opposition protests continue and there are signs they are beginning to have an effect both inside and outside Belarus.
Plus what protesters in Belarus want to happen next. Episode 1 of The Conversation’s new weekly podcast.
Hundreds of thousands of people have protested the regime of Alexander Lukashenko over the last six months – a new survey reveals what they want.
Has Europe’s last dictator finally gone too far?
Why haven’t international and European human rights organisations done more to protect the human rights of Belarusians?
Belarus’s economy is closely linked to Russia. Could Putin’s support for Lukashenko during ongoing protests be in turn for more integration.
A new survey conducted just before the disputed election, shows how the views of young Belarusians are changing.
People have lost all faith in Lukashenko to fix the country’s economy.
Pres. Lukashenka of Belarus has stayed in power for 26 years by being a master tactician. But he has seriously mishandled opposition protests, says a Belarus-born scholar of Eastern European politics.