Cover Osteuropa 10-11/2020

In Osteuropa 10-11/2020

Political stalemate in Belarus
Stages of a systemic crisis

Astrid Sahm

Deutsche Fassung


The political crisis in Belarus is more than just a conflict between state and society. The protests and the violent measures taken by the security forces are shattering the self-image that people in Belarus have of their nation. The mobilisation, the solidarity and also the repression are unique in the history of the country. There is no force that could act as a broker and show the way to a compromise. Belarus thus finds itself in a political stalemate. The current dividing lines will continue to characterise Belarusian society for a long time to come.

(Osteuropa 10-11/2020, pp. 17–33)