Taking It To The Streets


Alyaksandr Milinkevich will run in 2006

Sometime next year, opposition to Belarussian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will burst out onto the streets in Ukrainian-style mass protests. At least, that's what Alyaksandr Milinkevich predicts — and he plans to lead the demonstrations against Lukashenka, who presides over what U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls Europe's "last true dictatorship." But first, Milinkevich will challenge Lukashenka in the presidential elections next July.

"The situation here is somewhat different [from Ukraine], but the scenarios are similar everywhere when it comes to dictatorships," he told Time. "Dictatorial regimes never admit defeat." If the President is running scared, it...

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