Putin ‘thanks’ Russians at inauguration while his police beats them up across the country

  • 2018-05-29
  • Vladimir Kara-Murza
There are only two countries in Europe whose leaders have been continuously in power for about two decades, and both are dictatorships. In Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko came to power through the ballot box, but quickly entrenched his rule by banishing independent media, dissolving parliament and imprisoning opponents. For a while, Belarus was known as “Europe’s last dictatorship” – until Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia and transformed the flawed democracy built by his predecessor into the autocracy it is today. Independent television networks were taken over o...
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