August 5, 2020

Belarus vote threatens rupture in ‘brotherly’ ties with Russia

Minsk (AFP) – Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko seems set on burning once “brotherly” bridges with the Kremlin during a volatile election campaign that has seen him arrest Russian citizens and raid a bank with links to Moscow.The strongman leader of ex-Soviet Belarus has accused “puppeteers” and “Telegram channels” with ties to Moscow of meddling in the August 9 elections in which he is expected to secure a sixth term.His security services stormed Belgazprombank — a subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom — which was once headed by a now jailed opposition candidate, and Gazprom criti…


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