Alexander Lukashenko

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Alexander Lukashenko
Personal Life
Date & Place of Birth August 30, 1954
Kopys, Vitebsk oblast, Belarus
Parents unknown
Claimed religion Atheist
Education Agricultural academy, Horky
Mogilev State University
Spouse Galina Lukashenko
Children Kolja
Viktor
Dzmitry Lukashenko
Date & Place of Death {{{death}}}
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Place of Burial {{{burial}}}
Dictatorial Career
Country Belarus
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Political beliefs Socialism
Political party Belaya Rus
Date of Dictatorship 1994
Wars started n/a
Number of Deaths attributed n/a

Alexander Lukashenko (b.August 30, 1954) is the dictator of Belarus since 1994. During his tenure, he has been admonished by the United States, European Union and other organizations for suppressing democracy and trying to re-instill Soviet practices on the country. Due to unfair election practices, such as accusations of squashing free press and election rigging, Lukashenko was issued travel bans by the United States and the EU.

Pre-politics

Lukashenko was born in Kopys, a city in the Vitebsk oblast in 1954. After high school, Lukashenko graduated from Mogilev State University and the Belarusian Agricultural Academy and served time with the Soviet Frontier (Border) Guards. [1]

Politics

Before Lukashenko was the president of Belarus, he was the secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He said that he was the only member of parliament who voted against the indepence of Belarus from the Soviet Union. He is still a sympathizer of the USSR. Belarus is the only country whose intelligence service uses the name KGB. In 1994 he was democratically elected as the president of Belarus. In his tenure he started to control courts, banks and universities, installed a dictatorship and started to improve the relationships with Russia, Kazakhstan and Venezuela. The following elections were rigged and opposition groups forbidden and persecuted.[2] Only the russian pro-lukashenko observers called the election fair, during the OSCE criticized them.[3] Protesters against the government were arrested.[4] After the gay german foreign minister Guido Westerwelle called him the "last dictator of europe", Lukashenko answered "it is better to be a dictator than gay".[5] In 2012 Lukashenko made a law to force people to work.[6]

The Republican John McCain called him "a ruthless, repressive and brutal tyrant on the wrong side of history".[7]

References

  1. http://www.president.gov.by/en/press10003.html
  2. http://www.nationalreview.com/node/257729/print
  3. http://cnsnews.com/node/17466
  4. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2006/03/23/belarus-police-break-up-protest-arrest-nearly-200/
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/05/germany-rebukes-lukashenko-on-remarks-about-gays/
  6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/05/belarus-ruler-tries-to-solve-economic-problems-by-banning-workers-from-leaving/
  7. http://world.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=26189&content=47917921&pageNum=2
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