Aleksandr Lukashenko, 2006 News

authoritarian president of Belarus, took 83% of the vote in March elections. The U.S. and other Western nations declared the election fraudulent and called for a new race. For the next several days, supporters of the opposition candidate Aleksandr Milinkevich, who won 6%, took to the streets of Minsk to protest the results. The police cracked down on the demonstrations and arrested dozens, including another presidential candidate, Aleksandr Kazulin.

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