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In 2020-2021 Belarus saw massive protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, who has held on to the power through an increasingly oppressive regime since 1994. Lukashenko has been referred to as “Europe’s last dictator” and the violent crackdowns on the opposition and protesters in 2021 confirmed that totalitarian image.
At this briefing we investigate the situation for the so-called “relocants” – politicians, businesses and ordinary people – who has fled the Lukashenko regime. We ask the Belarusian democratic government working in exile in Lithuania what their goals and aspirations are.
The briefing will update us on the political conflicts in Belarus with a specific focus on the effects of the Russian war in neighbouring Ukraine. What can Denmark and the other European countries do to promote democracy and progression in Belarus?
Join the online briefing with three Belarus experts Claus Mathiesen, Alesia Rudnik and Karim Pedersen. The debate is moderated by Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen, chief analyst in DEO and editor of the antology “War in Europe – where does the EU stand one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine?”.
Claus Mathiesen, associate professor at the Danish Defence Academy, former military attaché at the Danish embassies in Warsaw and Kyiv. He is an expert on Russian and Belarusian language, culture, and military relations.
Alesia Rudnik, Belarusian from Hrodna, ph.d. candidate in political science at Karlstad University, research fellow at the Belarusian Think Tank Center for New Ideas and former president of the organization Belarusians of Sweden.
Karim Pedersen is a journalist and author. He works as an International Communications Officer at the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the Belarusian democratic goverment in exile. He is also vice chairman in Talaka – Friends of Belarus in Denmark.
The online briefing is the last in a series of briefings focusing on the situation in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus – one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The briefings are part of a larger debate project that has received funding from CISU and DFS.