Belarus has been rocked by mass protests since the contested presidential elections in August 2020. As Lukashenko's authoritarian regime targets increasing numbers of activists, many are seeking protection in the EU by fleeing to Lithuania.
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In an exclusive DW interview, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda talks about his vision of sanctions against Russia, support for democracy in Belarus and expectations for the new US administration.
More and more people are fleeing Belarus and its authoritarian regime. Hundreds find refuge in neighboring EU member state Lithuania, where Natalia Kolegova has set up a network to provide assistance.
After months of protests and international condemnation abroad, Alexander Lukashenko's grip on power still holds. But Berlin says it wants to show "the courageous people that we are by their sides."
Massive anti-government rallies swept the nation in 2020. Europe's "last dictatorship" is cracking down on dissent in a bid to maintain control.
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