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A map of Belarus.

Belarus has been ruled with an increasingly iron fist since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko. Opposition figures are subjected to harsh penalties for organising protests.[1]
Belarus is a country geographically in central Europe,  that is often called "the last dictatorship in the heart of Europe". Belarus used to be part of the USSR. Belarus has neither political freedom nor economic freedom. It is also one of the poorest countries in Europe[2][3][1]

Two Swedes piloted "a light plane that dropped hundreds of teddy bears decked out in parachutes and slogans supporting human rights over the tightly controlled country of 10 million." and guards who failed to report the plane were sent to Prison. [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Belarus country profile
  2. Belarus Democracy Act Full Text
  3. Politics of Belarus
  4. Belarus guard given two-year sentence over teddy bear drop

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