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Belarus: Dictatorship in the EU Neighborhood
Belarus: Dictatorship in the EU Neighborhood

Author(s): Andrei Sannikov
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: Belarus - elections; opposition; democracy;

Summary/Abstract: In March 2006, Lukashenko retained the power and secured himself yet another five years of term not as a result of the election but because of the perfected system of preventing any real election. The election and the activities of the authorities afterwards merely confirmed the nature of the regime in Belarus. After the election the regime continued and intensified its repression against opposition and in general against the rights and freedoms of the people of Belarus. However, despite the administrative, police and propaganda measures the Belarusian opposition and civil society managed to produce a real challenge to the existing status quo. Notwithstanding the massive campaign of intimidation the civil society of Belarus publicly challenged the regime. In general, it could be said that the mood in favor of changes has strengthened. For the eventual success of democracy a strong emphasis on democratic principles and values is required.

  • Issue Year: XV/2006
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 3-9
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English