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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko standing with Russia's Vladimir Putin and Leonid Kuchma, then president of Ukraine, in 2001

How do dictators survive? The Arab Spring has culled a few, but fewer than once predicted. On the other hand, there are plenty of nervous rulers, notably in Europe’s neighbours to the east, such as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, long dubbed the “last dictator in Europe.” His economy is bust and his country isolated, as James Sherr reported in July’s Prospect. UK lawyers are even attempting to launch a string of private prosecutions…

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