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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lukashenka Likes Himself

Belarusian President Lukashenka: Heaven forbid us from Ukrainian scenarios. Democracy is when and where it’s the people that live decently, and not a bunch of those ‘great opposition activists’ whom you just mentioned. So one should take it easy — the way I take it easy. A dictator? Fine, a dictator. There’s a certain benefit to it, tough: the last one — can you imagine? — the last one! Had you not come here, where in your life would you have met him and talked to him?

Alyaksandar “Batska” (“Father”) Lukashenka has elected himself another opposition-free parliament.

What keeps him in power so long, aside from his authoritarian ways?

Lower energy costs and lower corruption.
Compare Belarus’ GDP per capita of $10,900 (PPP, 2007 est.) to Ukraine’s $6,900.

There are no billionaires in Belarus.

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