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The Father That Doesn't Want To Leave: Between Authoritarian Violence And Social Anger in Belarus

Lukashenko is no longer a "batska", the father of all Belarusians. His supporters used this nickname because of their affirmation and his opponents – because of patriarchal nature for his rule. He himself accepted the name without a shred of modesty and at times spoke about his role in the third person. However, after 26 years, the children have rebelled and disowned their authoritarian father. By lying and using brutal violence, the long-term leader of the Belarusian state has irrevocably lost his legitimacy among the people. However, this only encourages him to stay in power – by any means necessary

Tadeusz Iwański

| Germany

picture alliance / AP Images | Sergei Grits

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Tadeusz Iwański

Head of the Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova team at the Centre for Eastern Studies. He published in "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna", "Tygodnik Powszechny" and "Nowa Europa Wschodnia".

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