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Why boycott is the only way to hurt Belarusian regime

A supporter of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko holds his portrait and waves a state flag in downtown Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Presidential elections in Belarus are scheduled for October 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Presidential elections in Belarus will be held this Sunday, and there is no need to hold your breath. Belarusians already know that Lukashenko, the President of Belarus since 1994, is going to win. There are two reasons for this.

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Release of political prisoners is part of Lukashenko’s appeal to the West

Mikalai Statkevich, one of the six released prisoners, upon his arrival in Minsk. Photo credit: Reuters

One would think that a man of such posture like Lukashenko hardly needs an election strategy. Rigged electoral machinery, supressed political opposition and vanquished civil society create very favourable conditions for a landslide victory. Add more than 21 years of (mostly) unchallenged reign to this mix and one can imagine Lukashenko sitting back and planning how he is going to spend his ...

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Freedom Day, Independence Day and the Art of Exclusion

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Today many Belarusians celebrate Freedom Day (Dzień Voli) commemorating a creation on that day in 1918 of Belarusian People’s Republic – first attempt to bring about an independent Belarusian state. Debates about whether it was a successful project or a failed state endure even today, with both sides resorting to history, political theories and international law to prove their respective ...

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Vyshyvanki, security and consumerism

A magnificent vyshyvanka on a magnificent Belarusian man. Photo: nn.by

Identity politics is on the rise everywhere in Europe. From the UKIP in Britain and Front National in France to the Jobbik in Hungary, the national has become a valuable political currency that, when used properly, can be converted into political support, votes and, of course, power. Even in Belarus the national, oppressed and silenced for around two decades, is slowly crawling ...

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Belarus-2013: Main Trends in Domestic Politics

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There have not been any breakthroughs in the political landscape of Belarus in the preceding year. There were no major political events like elections or referendum, which means that 2013 a priori drew less attention from the side of observers.  However, a number of remarkable political trends in 2013 did affect the Belarusian political reality for the year to come.

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Viva Belarus without Lukashenko

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“Viva Belarus” is the name of the event organized by polish MEP Marek Migalski on the 15th of October at the European Parliament in Brussels. The homonymous movie screening was followed by the panel and cocktail discussion with the director of the film, Krzysztof Lukaszewicz; co-writer of the script, Franak Viacorka; and Marina Adamovich – a wife of a former presidential candidate ...

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