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Belarus looks to Russia as anti-Lukashenko protests build


Why the likelihood of Russian military intervention remains remote, but not out of the question.

An extraordinary week in Belarus was topped off by the largest opposition rally in the history of the country on Sunday, 16 August, a week after widely-disputed elections saw President Alexander Lukashenko returned with 80 per cent of the vote, according to the official tally. After days of violent clashes between police and protesters, Sunday’s demonstration was conducted largely peacefully. A much smaller pro-government rally was addressed by Lukashenko the same day.

The BBC’s Russian service estimated that Sunday’s anti-Lukashenko rally drew around 127,000 …read more

Source:: New Statesman

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