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  Alexander Lukashenko - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lukashenko was born in 1954 in the village of Kopys in the Vitebsk voblast of what was then the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Repubic.
In 1975-1977 and in 1980-1982 Lukashenko served in the frontier troops (Border Guards of KGB) and in the Soviet Army.
Having acquired a reputation as an eloquent opponent of corruption, Lukashenko was elected in 1993 to serve as the chairman of the anti-corruption committee of the Belarusian parliament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aleksandr_Lukashenko   (3749 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Lukashenko announces referendum to extend his rule
Lukashenko was first elected president in 1994, when he received 80 per cent of the vote in a runoff with the then Belarusian prime minister.
In addition, Lukashenko introduced a highly controversial practice of weeklong early voting, during which the election process is out of any public control and which, according to many observers, is the best opportunity for the authorities to manipulate the vote.
In the evening of 7 September, when Lukashenko was about to announce his decision on the 17 October plebiscite, the authorities herded several hundred people into a central square in Minsk under the pretext of staging a meeting to express support and sympathy for those who suffered from the Beslan hostage tragedy.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?ID=9630   (1037 words)

 Protesters Charge Fraud in Belarus Presidential Vote - New York Times
Lukashenko's government, said as official statements were being broadcast on a large-screen television in the square, accompanied by jeers.
Lukashenko's opponents have modeled their campaign after the popular uprising that overturned a rigged presidential vote in Ukraine in 2004, the protesters in Minsk did not block traffic or try to set up camp, as the Ukrainians did in Kiev.
Lukashenko, after voting at a sports complex in Minsk, dismissed the chorus of American and European criticism that coincided with the end of the campaign, which was marred by dozens of arrests, restrictions on campaign events and harassment of independent organizations.
www.nytimes.com /2006/03/20/international/europe/20belarus.html?ex=1300510800&en=3f0ff23a5fc8a5ab&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (793 words)

 Lukashenko, Aleksandr Grigoryevich - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
LUKASHENKO, ALEKSANDR GRIGORYEVICH [Lukashenko, Aleksandr Grigoryevich], Belarusian, Alyaksandr Hrgorevich Lukashenka, 1954-, Belarusian politician, president of Belarus (1994-), b.
Lukashenko, who has been called "Europe's last dictator" because he has restricted dissent and civil rights, squelched political and educational opposition, and been accused of engineering the disappearance of opponents, has largely isolated Belarus from the West.
All three votes were widely denounced as illegitimate, but Lukashenko does have strong support in rural Belarus.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/L/Lukashenk.asp   (199 words)

 deseretnews.com | Lukashenko landslide protested
With 32 percent of ballots counted shortly before midnight Sunday, Lukashenko, a former collective farm boss already in office 12 years, had won 88 percent of the total, said the secretary of the central election commission, Nikolai I. Lozovik.
Although Lukashenko's opponents have modeled their campaign on the popular uprising that overturned a presidential vote in Ukraine in 2004 that was widely perceived as rigged, the protesters in Minsk did not block traffic or try to set up camp here, as the Ukrainians did in Kiev.
Lukashenko, after voting at a sports complex here in Minsk, dismissed the crescendo of U.S. and European criticism that coincided with the end of the campaign, which was marred by dozens of arrests, restrictions on campaign events and harassment of independent organizations.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,635193092,00.html   (946 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Aleksandr
A member of the aristocracy, he was appalled at the brutality of his class, the lack of freedom at all levels of Russian society, and the terrible poverty of the serfs.
Lukashenko, Aleksandr Grigoryevich LUKASHENKO, ALEKSANDR GRIGORYEVICH [Lukashenko, Aleksandr Grigoryevich], Belarusian, Alyaksandr Hrgorevich Lukashenka, 1954-, Belarusian politician, president of Belarus (1994 b.
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyevich PUSHKIN, ALEKSANDR SERGEYEVICH [Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyevich], 1799-1837, Russian poet and prose writer, among the foremost figures in Russian literature.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Aleksandr&StartAt=11   (525 words)

 Vladimir Putin Agrees on Everything with Aleksandr Lukashenko - Kommersant Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko yesterday in his Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi and agreed with him on a number of questions that, in the opinion of special Kommersant correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov, were not of mutual interest.
Lukashenko had received some unpleasant news in Geneva, where the UN Commission on Human Rights was trying to pass an anti-Belarussian resolution and mount an anti-Belarussian campaign.
Lukashenko appeared to drive himself into a corner by saying there were no technical obstacles to the introduction of a common currency.
www.kommersant.com /page.asp?id=560499   (1604 words)

 U.S. Calls Belarus Vote for Leader Invalid | GadsdenTimes.com | Gadsden Times | Gadsden, AL
Lukashenko was several blocks away in a government auditorium, gruffly and at times crudely sweeping aside any questions about his victory or his leadership style.
Lukashenko's power, as the audience was stacked with his supporters and hand-picked visitors who described themselves as election observers.
Lukashenko belittled the opposition's supporters as "children" paid by foreign governments, and described their demonstration on Sunday night as a display of weakness.
www.gadsdentimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/ZNYT/603210339/1011   (985 words)

 The remarkable consistency of Lukashenko: Angus Reid Consultants
The meeting was chaired by president Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is running for a third term in office against Kazulin and two other candidates.
Aleksandr Milinkevich, another opposition presidential candidate and the acknowledged leading challenger, flatly denied the allegations made by Sukhorenko.
Mentions of "revolutions" particularly rankle Lukashenko, who witnessed the 2004 presidential election in neighbouring Ukraine, in which the largely peaceful Orange Revolution overturned the fraudulent results and forced a new election.
www.angus-reid.com /analysis/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=11158   (657 words)

 Editorial: Belarus blunders / A suspect election keeps a strongman in power   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The somewhat suspect victory of President Aleksandr Lukashenko at the Belarussian polls Sunday, with more than 82 percent of the vote, makes it clear once again that there are elections, and then there are elections.
Lukashenko's views triumphed, to no one's surprise, and he has now been re-elected to a third term.
Lukashenko labels the opposition "terrorists," and he has threatened to "twist off their heads as if they are ducklings."
www.post-gazette.com /pg/06080/673757.stm   (387 words)

 Belarus opposition cries foul over Lukashenko landslide (Roundup)
Minsk - Amid international protest, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko won a third term in office with 82.6 per cent of the vote, according to official results released Monday, a day after the election which the opposition claims was rife with fraud.
During the election campaign Lukashenko repeatedly promised that his government would 'take care' of opposition members and their information agencies as soon as the vote was over.
Lukashenko was defiant at the prospect of international sanctions, arguing that Belarus was already so cut off from the developed world, its opinion had little effect on Minsk.
news.monstersandcritics.com /europe/printer_1148667.php   (719 words)

 Belarus Police Deter Thousands of Protesters
Lukashenko in the recent election, the two sides had been jostling throughout the day to show their strength, and the opposition displayed surprising resolve in the first hour.
Lukashenko, who is often called Europe's last dictator and whose police state, an island of Soviet nostalgia and Communist ideology, is feared by citizens for its brutality.
Lukashenko was re-elected on March 19 in a vote the West and the opposition regard as rigged, and the United States has called for a new vote and said it will impose penalties against Mr.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com /nws/nytimes28.htm   (1141 words)

 On Eve of Vote, Belarus Braces for Aftermath | theledger.com
Lukashenko's government, one that many fear could end in violent reprisals along the monumental streets of Minsk, the capital.
Lukashenko said during remarks made at an auto factory in Zhodino on Friday, according to the Interfax news agency.
Lukashenko's critics warn would be used to rig the results in the absence of observers — and then leave Minsk.
www.theledger.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/ZNYT03/603190562   (1060 words)

 Zubr (political organization) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zubr (Belarusian: ЗУБР) is a civic youth organization in Belarus in opposition to President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
On December 23, 2005, Zubr activists Pavel Modzharo (Павел Моджаро), Aleksandr Morozov (Александр Морозов) and another colleague were arrested on the basis of narcotics which were planted on them by plainclothes security officers [1] [2].
February 16, 2006, Zubr leaders Aleh Myatselitsa and Pavel Yukhnevich were among the detained after a police break-up of a peaceful protest calling for the release of political prisoners.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Zubr_(political_organization)   (308 words)

 Russia, U.S., Belarus, Lukashenko, Kremlin - CDI RW 8 October 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Lukashenko informed his ministers that the US “has the most archaic electoral system” and that U.S. ministers have long grown “dumb and numb”.
That was President Lukashenko’s response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ unanimous approval of the Belarus Democracy Act slapping economic sanctions on Belarus.
It is enough to bar the Belarusian batka (or father, as Lukashenko is often dubbed in the press) from entering the US and by doing so to express its attitude to the Lukashenko regime.
www.cdi.org /russia/325-10.cfm   (749 words)

 Stalinist Victory in Belarus Is Condemned
Lukashenko had won Sunday's election with 75.6 percent of the vote, swamping the democratic opposition candidate Vladimir Goncharik, who had 15.4 percent.
Lukashenko had rigged the election long before the actual vote by blocking his opponents from the media, smearing and thwarting independent vote monitors, intimidating voters and election officials and conducting a vote that was wide open to manipulation.
Lukashenko was returning the nation to an era reminiscent of Soviet times, when laws were selectively enforced and government candidates always elected in landslides.
www.freeserbia.net /Articles/2001/Stalinism.html   (719 words)

 Belarus: Angus Reid Consultants
In 1995, Lukashenko pushed for a referendum on a new state flag and the restoration of Russian as one of the country’s official languages.
In a television appearance, Lukashenko denounced "foreign pressure" as the motivation for the OSCE’s "absurd and groundless" complaint.
On Apr. 8, Lukashenko was sworn in for a new term as president.
www.angus-reid.com /tracker/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/10803   (1794 words)

 IFEX ::
They say the government under President Aleksandr Lukashenko is depriving voters of independent news about candidates by confiscating opposition newspapers, intimidating local reporters and photographers, and preventing foreign journalists from reporting.
In May 2005, Lukashenko signed a presidential decree barring independent media from using the words "Belarus" or "national" in their titles and requiring them to re-register with new names.
Lukashenko successfully pushed a constitutional amendment through parliament in October 2004, which enabled him to seek a third term as president.
www.ifex.org /en/content/view/full/72799   (468 words)

 Belarus - Aleksandr Lukashenko
elarussian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko is often referred to as "Europe's Last Dictator." According to the U.S. State Department, he has manipulated the constitution to extend his term in office, the judiciary is an arm of his regime, and the government restricts freedom of the press.
Life has not improved since the fall of communism, according to FreedomHouse.org, and though unemployment remains low, more than 25% of citizens live in poverty, and the private sector's share of GDP is approximately 20%.
Lukashenko does little to improve the economic situation of the country, preferring to focus his energies on selling weapons to countries like the Sudan and Iraq.
unix.dfn.org /printer_Aleksandr_Lukashenko.shtml   (360 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Analysis: Belarus defies West
President Lukashenko, who maintains an iron Soviet-style grip on Belarus, hit back on Friday, saying "some might not want this sort of freedom which reeks of oil and is splattered with blood".
Mr Lukashenko, often dubbed "Europe's last dictator", is also a major headache for the European Union, three of whose members - Poland, Lithuania and Latvia - share borders with it.
Four key members of Mr Lukashenko's administration are banned from visiting EU countries over their alleged role in the disappearances.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/4192381.stm   (869 words)

 Dozens of Protesters Arrested in Belarus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The United States and European officials have challenged the validity of the vote, which international observers described as illegitimate, rigged and held under widespread repression, and Washington and Europe are expected to seek punitive measures against Belarus.
In addition, two campaign figures, Aleksandr Dobrovolsky and Anatoly Lebedko, who is one of the country's prominent opposition leaders, were arrested, according to their aide, Ludmila Grayznova.
Lukashenko had won nearly 83 percent of the vote, he exuded confidence and said the outcome had "convincingly demonstrated who the Belarussians are and who is the master of our house."
www.truthout.org /docs_2006/032106S.shtml   (987 words)

 Belarus Leader Claims Big Election Victory, but Many Doubt It
Lukashenko had amassed nearly 81 percent of the vote in the first 90 minutes of vote-counting after the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Lukashenko had captured not 81 percent of the vote, but something closer to 61 percent.
Lukashenko's government in the final hours of campaigning — from arrests and harassment of political opponents to refusal to issue detailed, precinct-by- precinct vote counts — seemed to belie any notion that it was confident of its own people's support.
www.freeserbia.net /Articles/2001/Doubts.html   (1051 words)

 Hypericum Buyers Club
Mr Lukashenko has been seen just once since the day after he won a third term in an election widely condemned as a farce and he even postponed his own inauguration ceremony, scheduled for last Friday, to an unspecified date this month.
One senior Western diplomat said he believed that Mr Lukashenko was suffering from a bout of depression brought on by the stress of the election and subsequent protests.
Aleksandr Milinkevich, the main opposition leader, says that Mr Lukashenko was shocked at the scale of the protests after the election.
www.hbcprotocols.com /belarus.html   (441 words)

 Aleksandr Lukashenko Expresses His Gratitude to Russia - Kommersant Moscow
Lukashenko once again assured everyone that he would absolutely not accept scenarios for the democratic replacement of political elites disagreeable to the West.
At the same time, Lukashenko called upon foreign diplomats to be more tactful in their duties.
Lukashenko himself has taken Belarussian women under his protection.
www.kommersant.com /page.asp?idr=1&id=571619   (810 words)

 Jay Reding.com - Lukashenko’s Stolen Election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
International monitors are declaring that this weekend’s elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair Aleksandr Lukashenko, the Kremlin-backed autocrat who has run the country since 1994 has been called “Europe’s last dictator” - a title that he’s done much to earn.
It is quite likely that Lukashenko did indeed rig the voting, as the results showed him winning nearly 90% of the vote and there were many complaints of intimidation at the polls and other irregularities.
The Lukashenko regime is a serial abuser of human rights and a destabilizing force in the region.
www.jayreding.com /archives/2006/03/20/lukashenkos-stolen-election   (282 words)

 BELARUS: A post-Soviet `Jurassic Park'?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
From the very beginning, however, Lukashenko did not base his rule on the mass movement, nor on workers' organisations, but on an apparatus of power that was loyal to him personally.
It is not surprising that after the "exemplary" crushing by the Lukashenko regime of a strike on the Minsk metro, the trade unions came to figure among the regime's most aggressive opponents.
Lukashenko, of course, has his own plans for the future, but it is not the case that everything depends on the will of a single individual.
www.greenleft.org.au /back/2001/465/465p21.htm   (2295 words)

Left-of-center Le Monde commented (10/18):  "[Lukashenko is a] cartoon populist who took advantage of the fears that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union by exploiting the themes of public order and security....
Lukashenko, one who would be more compliant and less odious.
Although the portrait of Lukashenko which fell on the observer's head inflicted a small wound...one cannot help noting the positive meaning of this accident.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2004/10/wwwh41022.htm   (4974 words)

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