: :inin Kyiv (EET)

The bully of Belarus: will Russia intervene to save Alexander Lukashenko?

Military intervention would turn most Belarusians against their larger neighbour – but the Kremlin could decide intervention to prop up its closest ally is worth the risk.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s embattled dictator, never wanted to be a citizen of Belarus. The former chairman of a collective farm was the only member of the Supreme Soviet of Byelorussia to vote against the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. “I was a patriot who believed in the USSR as a stabilising force in the world,” he said in a recent interview.

In 1994, Lukashenko, now 65, was elected president of …read more

Source:: New Statesman