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
Prisoners of Their Own Propaganda: Russian Narratives Projected Into the ‘Near Abroad’
Promoting propaganda narratives has become an important part of Moscow’s foreign policy toolbox. While their immediate goal may be to confuse foreign audiences, these narratives are ultimately rooted in a particular worldview, that is, in fact, shared by many Russians. Therefore, we should not underestimate the extent to which the Kremlin and its supporters may actually be prisoners of their own propaganda.
Stepan Putilo: "Next Year Lukashenko Won't Be in Power"
"Lukashenko has no more than a year left. He has no more friends in the world. China will not support him, and he does not have the best relations with Russia either. He is at a dead-end. He will try to come up with some sort of a new public office to keep his control over in Belarus. We should not give up, let alone accept the pseudo-reforms imposed by the regime. We must fight," says Stepan Putilo, a blogger and Belarusian dissident living in Warsaw
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: "I really want to go home"
"Lukashenko's term of office ends on the 5th of November. From then on, he won't have any legitimacy, and his orders will not be legally binding. We must begin a dialogue on the peaceful transfer of power and new free elections before this date," says Belarusian President-elect Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Women's revolution in Belarus: "I don't know if politics will change, but the role of women will change radically"
We talked to some of the women involved in the demonstrations against Lukashenko. Of all different ages and ideologies, some are organising for the first time through Telegram and others are veterans of the protests