Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Belarus’s regime is nearing collapse

Riot police face protestors in Minsk (Photo by Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s hard to believe Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko will retain his half-affectionate, half-exasperated nickname ‘Batka’ (Dad) after his re-election yesterday in a presidential vote rigged beyond the point of farce, which led to violent street protests across the country. Despite claims he had fled the country, the ‘last dictator in Europe’ made it through the night – but his regime is now nearing its end.

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