Inside Belarus, Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Published on April 6, 2022 by

In October of last year, Alexander Lukashenko swept to his fifth term as the Belarusian president, marking 22 years in power. Despite the elections being marred by allegations of fraud, the EU has this month lifted travel sanctions against Lukashenko’s government, as a reward for good behavior — the elections passed without a repeat of 2010’s violent crackdown against opposition parties. But critics argue that the EU is making a dangerous endorsement of an autocratic regime that still employs the use of internet surveillance, censorship, and intimidation to exert control over its people and press.

VICE News meets the Belarusian journalists and bloggers struggling to tell the truth about Belarus in this post-soviet dictatorship.

In BLACKOUT, a series made possible by Jigsaw, VICE News takes viewers across the globe, from Pakistan to Belarus, to examine technology’s role in the ongoing fight for free expression.

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  • VICE News 3 years ago

    This year, Isobel Yeung went undercover in a special report that reveals how China is oppressing the Muslim minority Uighur people in horrific conditions. Watch it here:

  • Jake Cutting 3 months ago

    Russia, North Korea & I’m sure a few other countries I’ve missed do not have true democracy

  • Toon Rutten 3 months ago

    Am i the only one seeing the “z” mark in the wooden house on 3:42 ? Pretty weird it’s there 2 years ago while now the russian “special mission” going on now and they use it as there symbol.

  • Peter Riley 3 months ago

    March '22 I hope to soon see FREE elections and an application to join EU once putin is ousted from Ukraine

  • Bruno Vieira 3 months ago

    belorussians like ukrainians are genuine and grateful people. They deserve a a life with dignity and free of any opression

  • WINSKY 3 months ago

    The fact that there is a chief of ideology in any country in these modern times is concerning. Russians need to demand a fully transparent, ethical and democratic government. Putin is just going to keep on down this path of mental illness and megalomania so you can't rely on him to make things better or act in the best interest of Russian people. You just going to keep changing the law so that he can remain in power as a dictator until the day he dies. The citizens of Russia are good, honorable people, no different than us in the United States or other Western countries. There's no reason for us fighting. Good, honorable normal men women citizens of Russia are no different than us. It's the leadership at the very top of government that is trying to create a gap between us.

  • Big Boy 3 months ago

    UPDATE: more than 4 years later and the post modern feminist dance troupes in Belarus have not caused Lukanhesko to step down.

  • mountainguyed67 3 months ago

    Russia is a dictatorship in Europe. The Vulga River is the divide between Europe and Asia, so that makes part of Russia in Europe.

  • Bryan Hill 3 months ago

    Now is the time, while Russia is facing heavy losses in Ukraine. Now is the time!!

  • Bryan Hill 3 months ago

    These people have been fighting oppression for ever. Why can't they finally have a peaceful democratic country. Oh right, it's because they live near the terrorist nation of russia. Democracies can be messy, particularly new ones, but they become much better over time, like a fine wine. Where as authoritarian regimes never grow as a nation, they never grow in morality, dignity, respect, etc because those things go against oppression. Its time the free world severs all ties with Putrid and Whinnie the Poo, and any other oppressor of the people, oppressor of the truth.

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  • Christine McClymont 3 months ago

    What brave people! Let's believe that when the dictator falls, the creativity and motivation of these people will be the foundation of a happier free Belarus. After all their history of oppression and suffering, they deserve it!

  • Axphyl 🇺🇦 3 months ago

    So many people in the US, especially the left, definitely take their freedoms for granted. They should try educating themselves on the people that still have to fight for their freedoms. Of course the left doesn’t care though. They want the power that the tyrannical government of Belarus have. The left is the biggest threat to the US.

  • Bojan Derkoski 3 months ago

    If it is under usa control it is called democracy if its not under usa control then its called dictatorship lol . God bless Vladimir Putin for cleaning the beautifull country of Ukraine from the degeneric "democratic'" western world!!!

  • Daniel G 3 months ago

    Belarus, Europes last dictatorship
    Putin 2022: Hold my Vodka

  • SURV1VOR1887 3 months ago

    Russia is also a dictatorship

  • Mat's Waffles 3 months ago

    Somehow VICE didnt know Russia existed when they made this lol