The Profile: Aleksandr Lukashenko
The president of Belarus, who clung to power in the face of mass protests and was under scrutiny again following events at the Tokyo Olympics and the death of a dissident
Name and role: Aleksandr Lukashenko, president of Belarus
Appearance: white-haired, black-moustachioed, besuited dictator
Newsworthiness: the regime of Europe’s “last dictator” is under renewed scrutiny following the travails of an Olympic sprinter and the death of an activist in Kiev
Among the scenes of record-breakers at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, one of the most memorable moments occurred when a Belarusian sprinter sought help after an attempted “kidnapping” by her ...