David Marples

is distinguished University Professor, University of Alberta, Canada. His publications include The Lukashenka Phenomenon: Elections, Propaganda, and the Foundations of Political Authority in Belarus, Trondheim, Norway: Trondheim Studies on East European Cultures and Societies, No. 21, 2007.


Lukashenka’s departure from the path of liberalization required by the EU’s Eastern Partnership programme suggests Russian pressure, says David Marples. The Belarusian president may have been able to dispose of political opponents, but the country’s economic weakness poses a more elusive threat to the stability of his regime.

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