Ukraine Analytica 4 (26)

IS THE KREMLIN’S TAKEOVER OF BELARUS COMPLETE?

After rallies swept across Belarus amid public resistance to the election rigging that the Belarussians put up against the Lukashenko regime, there was a moment when it seemed that the protest was just an inch from victory. It was at this moment that Russian President Putin offered Belarus President Lukashenko a helping hand. However, Russia’s support wasn’t free of charge. Since August 2020, Lukashenko has been gradually swapping what’s left of Belarussian sovereignty for Moscow’s assistance. Now the Kremlin controls the neighbouring country’s economic, military, and information spheres. Since then, Russia has beefed up its military presence in Belarus, turning it into a military foothold. To this end, propaganda tools were widely applied.


Maria Avdeeva, Research Director at the European Expert Association and iSANS Expert. She focuses on the international security and cooperation of Ukraine with the EU and NATO in combating hybrid threats. She analyses information operations and efforts to counter disinformation. Author and instructor of a course on Information Security conducted as part of a National Security course.


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