Today marks the deadline for gathering signatures in favor of presidential candidates for the upcoming elections.

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April 22, 2016 19:22

Today marks the deadline for gathering signatures in favor of presidential candidates for the upcoming elections. In order to pass through the initial stage each candidate has to provide  100 000 signatures and more. So far, five candidates can boast reaching over the baseline: Alexander Lukashenka (more than a million signatures), Sergei Gaidukevich, Tatiana Korotkevich, Viktor Tereshchenko, Nikolai Ulakhovich. For details, refer to tvr.by.  

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Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.

Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.

In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.