Focus Belarus (international version)
- Lukashenka’s waiting game
Since Putin’s unequivocal demonstration of support for Lukashenka, time seems to be on the side of the Belarusian dictator. The past weeks have been a psychological watershed. However, as long as Lukashenka can rely on Kremlin backing, nothing short of a general strike will force him out, argues the Russian sociologist Lev Gudkov in interview with ‘Osteuropa’.
- Власть и насилие
Интервью Льва Гудкова главному редактору журнала «Osteuropa» Манфреду Запперу. 31.08.2020.
- For a Belarusian res publica!
The nationalist opposition in Belarus has been marginalized, argues Coordinating Council member Olga Shparaga in interview with ‘Osteuropa’. National heroes and vertical power structures no longer have popular appeal. The focus of the new oppositional discourse is instead on peaceful cooperation, social inclusion and the soft power of women.
- Enter the people!
Events in Belarus have departed radically from the script. Putin may have been gambling on a destabilized Lukashenka, but not on a full-blown national uprising. Everything now depends on the strength of the Belarusian people. The writer Artur Klinaŭ on the causes and consequences of the revolution.
- Belarus: Status quo at what price?
After 26 years of rule, the autocrat Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lost the support of the Belarusian people. Even if the regime is able to keep closed ranks, it will pay an incalculable price for its brutal enforcement of the status quo. Belarus expert Astrid Sahm talks to ‘Osteuropa’ about the events and what comes next.