Tag: Belarusian independence

Lukashenka More Afraid of Russia than of the West, Belarusian Sociologist Says

July 9, 2014

Staunton, July 9 – Even though the West has imposed sanctions and Russia has promoted ties, Alyaksandr Lukashenka “fears Russia more than he fears the West,” according to Andrey Vardomatsky, a Belarusian sociologist who says this reflects a general inclination among his countrymen to overestimate Russia’s importance relative to that of the West. And that […]

It’s Time to Rethink the West’s Approach to Belarus

July 1, 2014

Staunton, July 1 – Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the brutal ruler of Belarus, “the last dictator in Europe” to use the phrase often employed by Western diplomats and human rights activists. He has falsified elections to keep himself in power, he has imprisoned and exiled his political opponents, and he has trampled on the rights and […]