To Support Belarus’ Opposition, the West Needs to Get Creative

Pensioners attend an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Nov. 16, 2020 (AP photo).
Pensioners attend an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Nov. 16, 2020 (AP photo).
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KYIV, Ukraine—After Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s brutal crackdown on the mass protests that erupted last August in opposition to his clumsily rigged reelection victory, many Western countries spoke up in dismay at the level of repression he unleashed. More than 30,000 people have been arrested, according to human rights groups, and brutal beatings of detainees are common. In response, the United States and the European Union imposed several rounds of sanctions, targeting scores of Belarusian officials with asset freezes and travel bans, while issuing statements emphasizing the Belarusian people’s right to a fair vote. But more than six months later, […]

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