Thursday, August 13, 2020
Police action has so far resulted in more than 6,000 arrests, two deaths and hundreds of injuries. Now workers at major state-run enterprises -- Lukashenka's support base -- are coming out on strike.
- Western states have deemed the election neither free nor fair, but whether they will impose penalties is less clear.
- For Russia, this is the best of the available outcomes, as long as Lukashenka restores stability, which is far from certain.
- Ceding sovereignty to Moscow would undermine Lukashenka's self-made image as defender of the nation.