A Desperate Move by Europe’s Last Dictator the Stalinist Thug Lukashenko
We begin with the hijacking of a passenger plane flying between two EU countries by the dictator of Belarus to capture a dissident journalist and speak with an expert on Belarus, David Marples, the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alberta who currently serves as the president of the North American Association of Belarusian Studies and is the author of Understanding Ukraine and Belarus. He joins us to discuss the brazen actions of Lukashenko, the Stalinist thug who lost the last election then ramped up repression to the point any and all opposition is either abroad or in jail where they are beaten and tortured, or in the case of the journalist who was the target of the hijacking of a civilian airliner, face the prospect of the death penalty. With outrage expressed by European governments who are now avoiding Belarusian airspace and Ukraine banning Belarusian aircraft flying over its territory, we assess what kind of sanctions will be placed on Lukashenko and what they are likely to achieve.
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