No, Lukashenko Is Not Defecting to Europe

The Belarussian dictator has stolen another election, but the EU is about to reward him by dropping sanctions.

Lukashenko's go-to man isn't in Brussels.

Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko just won his fifth presidential "election" in a row. In response, the European Union is about to lift sanctions against him and those actively backing his regime. That's a reason for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his friends to take heart: They too can outlast sanctions without really changing anything. 

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