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In Belarus, a Parasite Tax Saps the President's Strength

Mar 22, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
In Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko Parasite Tax Saps his strength
The geographic spread of the Belarusian protests has amplified their impact, and larger demonstrations are planned for March 25.
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Things are not going well for the Belarusian government. The country's economy has sunk into a malaise that it cannot seem to recover from, and Minsk's relationship with its longtime ally, Russia, is on the rocks. To make matters worse, one of the longest and most widespread protest movements in Belarus' post-Soviet history has arisen over the past month -- unrest that is likely to only deepen if President Aleksandr Lukashenko refuses to walk back his unpopular "social parasite tax."...

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