Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus

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Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus

Today Alexander Lukashenko is probably the best-known Belarusian in the world and the face of the country. In 1994, at the first general elections of the post-Soviet era, he was elected President of the Republic of Belarus – and has been firmly holding power over the state machinery and the economy ever since.

His election was possible due to the democratic procedures which emerged in Belarus during the perestroika. But with each year of Lukashenko’s rule, Belarus has gradually been losing touch with democracy. Elections and referendums are conducted by committees that prevent independent observers from controlling vote-counting, which, according to his opponents, allows Alexander Lukashenko to formally legitimize his personal regime.

An excellent orator, a cold-blooded and cruel politician, he leaves nobody indifferent – some irrevocably accept all he does and says, others reject his words and actions. Alexander Lukashenko defiantly breaks his promises, offends his opponents, and shows a strong dislike for criticism. A person who called Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein his friends, he ostentatiously neglects the opinion of the Western countries about himself and his regime. At the same time he is proud of granting Belarusians with a minimum of social protection, which, in the President’s opinion, is enough for a relatively stable existence.

Until now Lukashenko has managed to change the world around him in accordance with his own ideas of kindness and beauty. Look closely at the giant new buildings erected during his reign and you will see what the builder of these endless Belarusian pyramids thinks about. 

Official biography, Interview with the wife of Aleksandr Lukashenka, Information about Lukashenka’s youngest son Nikolay, Lukashenka on sanctions and homosexuality, Viktor Lukashenko, his eldest son

Author: Handbook on Belarus for International journalists