Most Belarusians are sure that Alexander Lukashenko will be elected for the fifth time. The Moscow-friendly president has three opponents but they're weak and unknown, says the most prominent opposition figure, Mikola Statkevich.
Authorities in Belarus arrested people who were preparing "mass unrest" after discovering a weapons cache in a separate raid, according to state television. Activists in the ex-Soviet state dispute the official account.
Russia and Belarus have moved toward a rapprochement after a series of disputes between the traditional allies. It comes as both countries have cracked down on rare street protests.
Popularly known as the "tax on social parasites," President Alexander Lukashenko sought to tax the underemployed. Even though he backed down on the tax protests have continued, with some calling for his resignation.
The opposition in Belarus says it will keep pushing the regime towards dialogue - putting President Lukashenko before a political dilemma. DW spoke to leading opposition activists as a government crackdown continues.
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