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European Journal

Belarus: The Dream of a Dictator

Belarus is on the brink of bankruptcy and is sufferíng the after-effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko still plans to build a nuclear power plant near the Lithuanian border.

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The plant is expected to go online by 2018 at the latest. In a time when nuclear power is falling out of favor around the world, nuclear energy is also controversial in Belarus. But anti-nuclear activists in Belarus face a harsh response. They're being jailed for speaking out.