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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Where is Lukashenko?

President-elect missing since 20th March

According to the Secretary of the Central Election Committee of Belarus, Nikolai Lozovik, the victorious presidential candidate, Alexander Lukashenko, has gone missing and the inauguration ceremony will now be postponed until the middle of April.

An initial date of 31st March had never been agreed upon by the Presidential team and by the laws of Belarus, the President has two months to take office after the election, which was on March 19th.

The last time he was seen was on the day following the election and he has not replied to official messages of congratulations.

With his whereabouts unclear, it is possible that he has taken a much-needed holiday or that he is ill or, maybe he is taking a long trip abroad before the USA and European Union impose a travel ban upon him for winning the election and thrashing their favourite candidate into a single-figure result?

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election

Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
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