Alexander Lukashenko

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Alexander Lukashenko
Александр Лукашенко
Аляксандр Лукашэнка
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Lukashenko in June 2020
President of Belarus
Assumed office
20 July 1994
(Disputed since 23 September 2020)[1][2][3][4]
Prime Minister
Preceded byOffice established
Myechyslaw Hryb
(Chairman of the Supreme Soviet)
Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Union State
Assumed office
26 January 2000
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
General Secretary
Preceded byOffice established
Member of the Belarusian Supreme Council
(abolished 1996)
In office
1990–1994
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition ended
(succeeded by: the National Assembly of Belarus)
Personal details
Born
Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko

(1954-08-30) 30 August 1954 (age 67)
Kopys, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Belarus)
Political partyIndependent (1992–present)
Other political
affiliations
Spouse(s)
Children
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Army officer
ProfessionEconomist
Salary$31,000 annual[5]
Signature
Websitepresident.gov.by/en/
Military service
Allegiance
Branch/service
Years of service
  • 1975–1977
  • 1980–1982
  • 1994–present
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Supreme Commander
(Podpolkovnik)[6]
Alexander Lukashenko, 2007

Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (born 30 August 1954) is the President of the country of Belarus. He has been its leader since 1994. He was the first leader of the country to be chosen by Belarus citizens.

Before becoming the leader, he belonged to the law making section of the government. He was also in the military of the Soviet Union and ran a factory that made things to help farming.

He has been called "Europe's last dictator".[7][8]

His re-election in 2020 was seen as controversial with many saying it was rigged and unfair. His re-election caused many to protest against the election results.[9] After the contested election, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ukraine and the United States do not recognize him as the legitimate president of Belarus.[10][11][12]

In July 2020, he said that he had COVID-19 after telling people that to avoid the disease they should drink vodka and go to a sauna.[13]

Alexander Lukashenko is under the sanctions of the United States,[14] the European Union,[15] the United Kingdom,[16] Switzerland[17] and Canada,[18]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls for end to violence in Belarus as election fallout continues". Sky News. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. "Belarus opposition candidate declares victory | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News". www3.nhk.or.jp.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Exiled leader calls weekend of protests in Belarus". 14 August 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. "Тихановская готовится объявить себя победительницей выборов в Беларуси – пресс-секретарь". gordonua.com (in Russian).
  5. "Lukashenko Earns $31,242". The Moscow Times. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. "Лукашенко рассказал о своем воинском звании и наградах". EADaily (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  7. "Europe's last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alexander Lukashenko". The Atlantic Council. 10 August 2020.
  8. "Europe's 'Last Dictator,' Facing Re-Election, Is Increasingly in Peril". The New York Times. 7 August 2020.
  9. "Менск: да «Рыгі» дабраліся сілавікі, пачалася зачыстка, чуваць шумавыя гранаты, будуюцца барыкады". Радыё Свабода (in Belarusian).
  10. "El Pais interview with HR/VP Borrell: "Lukashenko is like Maduro. We do not recognize him but we must deal with him"". eeas.europa.eu. 24 August 2020.
  11. Dave Lawler, U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus, Axios (24 September 2020).
  12. "Які країни не визнали інавгурацію Лукашенка. Список". BBC News Україна (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  13. Europe's last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna
  14. Sanctions List Search
  15. COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/1648 of 6 November 2020 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus
  16. "Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK" (PDF). Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  17. Searching for subjects of sanctions
  18. "Backgrounder: Belarus sanctions". Global Affairs Canada. 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2021-09-13.