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Lukashenka moves from cheap populism to forced indifference

April 22, 2016 19:25

Lacking resources the Belarusian authorities move away from their populist policies towards the policy of “forced indifference”.

The holding of All-Belarusian People’s Assembly – a traditional event before every presidential election – looks unlikely now because of the bad shape of the Belarusian economy. Now, Lukashenka prefers political apathy to political support.

Statements at the previous All-Belarusian People’s Assembly in 2010 made by Lukashenka – on the breakthrough in the development of the country, on the efficiency of the socio-political course – started to look laughable in March 2010 when Belarusian ruble devaluated  making Belarusians much poorer.

Lukashenka has nothing to offer to the electorate – and he prefers not to offer anything. In this situation his traditional electorate should switch to eating “self-grown products”. 

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