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Can a ‘housewife’ in Belarus bring down Europe’s last dictator? – The Sydney Morning Herald

Tens of thousands of people are protesting in Belarus. What do its people want? And what does rebellion in this little-talked about nation mean for the world?

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Three months ago, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was raising a young family in Belarus as her husband entered a presidential race against its autocratic leader. Now, her husband is in jail, the nation has erupted in protest and it is Tikhanovskaya herself who may be about to topple the man known as Europes last dictator: Alexander Lukashenko.
Lukashenko, 65, became President of Belarus a quarter of a century ago in what is considered the countrys fi…

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