Back to the USSR?

Not really, but election results in Belarus and Ukraine reflect a desire to move closer to Moscow

As a presidential candidate, Alexander Lukashenko was not what one would call timid. A dark horse with little experience in domestic or international politics, the former collective-farm boss launched his bid for the presidency of Belarus by pledging that his first official act, if elected, would be to throw the Prime Minister in jail. Then he promised to ban private property, purge the government and squelch free enterprise. Finally, in a televised debate, he named Felix Dzerzhinsky, the ghoulish founder of the Soviet secret police, one of his most admired heroes.

Lukashenko's temerity paid off handsomely. Last week he swept up...

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