Alexander Lukashenko is the President of Belarus. Since 2006 he and other Belarusian officials have been the subject of sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States for human rights violations.
Before his career as a politician, Lukashenko worked as director of a state-owned agricultural farm and spent time with the Soviet Army. He voted against the independence of Belarus from the Soviet Union. He has retained Soviet-era policies, such as continued state ownership of key industries. Lukashenko's self-described authoritarian style of government has led Western journalists to label the him "Europe's last dictator." Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content referring to Alexander Lukashenko.
Unlike other Central European leaders, Slovakia's prime minister Robert Fico is often seen rubbing shoulders with Vladimir Putin and has been reluctant to criticize Moscow's role in the Ukrainian conflict. And Slovakia has been busy cementing ties to Belarus, a country criticised for violations of democracy. Julian Berner has this report on Slovakia’s foreign policy offensive in Eastern Europe.
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Belarus' capital Minsk was the site of one of the country's largest protests last weekend. The demonstrations are against the rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes described as "Europe's last dictator." Freelance photographer and journalist, Filip Warwick was in Minsk and ended up being detained by the country's security services known as OMON. He explains what happened.
People in Belarus, a country known for oppression, have been taking to the streets in protest against the government of strongman Aleksander Lukashenko. The protests are a rare display of public outrage in a country where citizens live under the oppressive rule of Lukashenko since 1994. DW's Charles McPhedran was in the capital of Minsk and explains in an interview what the protests are all about.