This month, Europe’s last ex-Soviet dictator is up for re-election. During his nearly 12 years in power, President Aleksandr Lukashenko has established an iron grip over Belarus. But a growing tide of opposition groups — inspired by their revolutionary neighbors — is gaining momentum and could impact an election Mr. Lukashenko has all but locked up.


  • Celeste Wallander Director, Russian and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Iryna Vidanava Editor-in-chief of Students' Thought, an independent student publication in Belarus.
  • Rodger Potocki Senior Program Officer for Central Europe & East-to-East Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy

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