Belarus’ autocrat Aliaksandr Luksahenka has been in power for 27 years, remaining the symbol of authoritarianism in post-communist Europe. This status quo was upset during last year’s elections, when the country saw unprecedented democratic mobilization led by the presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. One year later, the now-exiled democratic opposition continues to make international headlines, garners international support and scores victories in its struggle against the Lukashenka regime. Join us, as we discuss the uncommon resilience and future of the democratic movement in Belarus, the effect of Western support on its survival, and Russian assistance to the ruling regime.
Dr. David Marples – a historian and Distinguished University professor at University of Alberta. Dr. Marples specializes in the history of post-Soviet countries and has written multiple books and articles on political history of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.
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