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.
A memorial has opened at one of the largest Nazi concentration camps within the former Soviet Union. German President Steinmeier has described the tribute to the forgotten victims as "invaluable."
French Catholic priest Patrick Desbois has spent decades uncovering the mass graves of the 2 million Jews murdered by Nazis in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Now he's using the same research methods to document crimes committed by against the Yazidis in Iraq. Jake Cigainero reports.
EU citizens hoping to visit Belarus used to go through a painful visa process with plenty of red tape and an uncertain outcome. But these days, under a decree issued by the all-powerful Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko, they're allowed in for a set number of days visa-free, though they can only travel within certain zones. Julian Berner hopped on a train from the Polish capital Warsaw.