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The Fight for Belarus

Authoritarian Alexander Lukashenko is courting Russian involvement to maintain his grip on power. Will he succeed?


Episode Notes

For the past two weeks, Belarus has been gripped by political protest. The country’s longtime authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, is courting Russian intervention as a worried European Union looks on.

Guest: Julia Ioffe, GQ correspondent. Read her latest column on Belarus.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz, with help from Daniel Avis.


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