Belarus’s leader pleads for Putin’s help as post-election protests grow

Belarus’s leader pleads for Putin’s help as post-election protests grow

August 15, 2020

Alexander Lukashenko tells the Kremlin that unrest could spread to Moscow next if his regime is destabilised

The embattled Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has called on Vladimir Putin to help him quell the growing wave of protest inside the country, which has left his legitimacy in tatters and his regime facing its biggest crisis since he first came to power 26 years ago.

Lukashenko appealed to the Russian president’s visceral fear of revolution at home and suggested that if his regime fell, Putin too was in danger. “This is a threat not just to Belarus … if Belarusians do not hold out, the wave will head over there too,” he said in televised remarks to a meeting of advisers on Saturday, claiming that the protests were organised by shadowy figures from abroad.

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