On 11 October 2015, Belarus held presidential elections for the fifth time since independence from the USSR in 1991. The outcome was never in doubt: it was clear from the outset that the incumbent, Aliaksandr Lukashenka, would be re-elected. The real questions surrounding the election related to what processes would be triggered in the aftermath of the election. Time will tell whether the political theater of the presidential elections will succeed in helping Lukashenka avoid the further clientization of Belarus to Russia.
Holds a PhD in history. Coordinator of Romani Studies at the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University. Reviews editor, Journal of Baltic Studies. Affiliated with the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
Articles by Matthew Kott
Mats Deland, Purgatorium: Sverige och andra världskrigets förbrytare[Purgatory: Sweden and the criminals of World War II] Stockholm: Atlas 2010 568 pages