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Belarus: The next Crimea?

The former Eastern Bloc state's dictator benefits from instability in Ukraine

By Martin Fletcher   July 2014

Lukashenko (left) and Vladimir Putin at an ice hockey match in Sochi in January. © Reuters

On the face of it, the revolution in Ukraine might easily have spilled over into Belarus. The two countries share a 600-mile border and their capitals are barely 300 miles apart. Both are former members of the USSR—buffer states caught between the democracies of the European Union to the west and authoritarian Russia…

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