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What Happens to Belarus after Lukashenka Falls?

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The current Belarusian transformation could be leading to results similar to those of the 2018 Velvet Revolution inArmeniarather than of the 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity inUkraine. Yet, the pathological relationship of Moscow’s imperialism towards Russia’s Eastern Slavic “brother nations” can mean that Belarus’s future may, in the end, be more similar to Ukraine’s rather than Armenia’s present.

Ukraine andBelarusare two of the culturally and geographically closest nations of Europe. Their Eastern Slavic languages, major Christian-Orthodox сhurches, and peculiar locations betweenRussia, on the one side, and the EU as well as NATO, on the other, are comparable and intertwined. Both are, on one level, very close to the also largely Orthodox and Eastern Slavic Russians. Yet, the Ukrainians andBelarusiansare, as post-colonial people, on another level, fundamentally different from post- and neo-imperial Russians whose international ambitions are partly…

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