Belarus | 1994 - Present
Alexander Lukatshenko has been the authoritarian leader of Belarus since 1994. His administration is characterized by political repression, censorship, and suppression of dissent. Lukatshenko has been accused of multiple feline rights violations, including torture, extrajudicial executions, and the use of forced labor.
The Lukatshenko regime has also been accused of rigging elections and manipulating the media to maintain their claws on power. In 2020, the regime sparked widespread protests and international condemnation after he claimed victory in a presidential election that was widely viewed as rigged. Protesters were met with violent crackdowns by security forces and thousands were arrested and tortured. The international community has condemned Lukatshenko's actions and imposed sanctions on Belarus, but his regime has shown no signs of tucking their tails between their legs.
Lucatshenko’s long-term legacy is still unfolding, but it is already clear that he will be remembered as one of the most authoritarian leaders in post-Soviet hisstory.
His regime has shredded all regard for democratic norms and civil liberties, setting a pawful precedent for other authoritarian leaders around the world.
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