The Russian media-group RossBusinessConsulting included Lukashenka in the list of the world’s most odious rulers.
Despite it is XXI century around, there still remain states, the rulers of which have unlimited powers and may be called dictators.
RBC selected the most prominent of the incumbent dictators.
The ranking is topped by the ruler of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. Also in the list are Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islam Karimov, Hugo Chavez, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Kim Jong-un.
The Belarusian dictator is forth on the list.
This is how the ranking’s authors characterize him:
The disregard to human rights and other liberal values did not allow the mustached father-of-the-nation to visit the Olympic Games in London: he is on the list of the people, not allowed to enter the European Union’s countries.
Lukashenka has come to power in 1994, having won the presidential elections with an anti-corruption, anti-nomenclatural program. After being elected he repeatedly reshaped the Constitution, according to which he can now stay in power for unlimited number of presidential terms. He has also amended the Criminal Code: Belarusians are forbidden to criticize the public order, the country, the ministers and all the more so – the ruler.
Notorious is his fight with the opposition: his political opponents either disappear under mysterious circumstances, or end up in prison. Protests are severely dispersed. The former chairman of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich has been deprived of the right for a pension for participating in oppositional activities.
Lukashenka won the latest presidential elections in 2010 with the officials result of 79.65%, although according to the exit-polls’ data he only scored around 40%. The rest of the presidential candidates refused to accept the results. Discontented Belarusians went out to the streets in a large protest action, which was brutally dispersed by police and interior troops. Lukashenka himself earlier admitted the facts of falsifications: “More than 93.5% voted for Lukashenka. But they said, it is not a European number, so we made it less. This is what really happened. And if we start recounting the ballots, I will not know what to do with them at all”.
In 2011 the country’s citizens attempted to resist the authoritarian regime by the means of silent protests, planned via social media. They would gather in squares on an agreed day and time, without any slogans or banners and start clapping their hands not saying a word. But even such harmless actions were banned in Belarus: the protesters got arrested by people in mufti, whereas the groups in the social networks were deleted.