On Oct. 11, Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the re-elected president of Belarus, winning a fifth turnout by a landslide – 84.5 percent of the vote. Lukashenko, of course, has rule Ukraine’s neighbor of 11 million people as a dictator since 1994.
Opposition leaders have been murdered, imprisoned and exiled abroad. Dissent is not tolerated, nor is freedom of speech and the press. However, some in the European Union are talking about relaxing sanctions against one of Europe’s biggest human rights abusers.