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In Belarus, a Political Transformation Takes Shape

MIN READMar 31, 2016 | 09:30 GMT

Belarusian protesters will have more opportunities now that the government has loosened restrictions on demonstrations to win favor with the West.

(SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)

For two decades Belarus has clung to the past. Led by President Aleksandr Lukashenko since 1994, the country's political system remains largely unreformed since the Soviet era. It has maintained a strong relationship with Russia, especially in military and security matters. Certain Soviet institutions, such as the KGB, endure in the country, and the economy is still largely state-controlled. But change is inevitable even in Belarus....

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