Putin, the poisoning and Belarus: what's really going on? | The Economist

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Vladimir Putin has been rattled by protests in Belarus and Russia’s far east—and stands accused of poisoning Alexei Navalny, his only real political rival at home. What does Putin really fear?

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The right way to get rid of Lukashenko: https://econ.st/35Drkxv

Alexei Navalny’s success in Russia’s local elections: https://econ.st/2RFsMam

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Listen to an episode of “The Intelligence” podcast on the election and unrest in Belarus: https://econ.st/35CPwjF

Read about the war over information in Belarus: https://econ.st/35FwqJO

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Adam Radziwill says:

With cost of “black gold” at 15-23 dollars per barrel, the USSR economy collapsed, and the sovok
itself collapsed, and the "golden" horde ("russia") budget can only be fulfilled only with oil price at $ 42.4 and higher

Adam Radziwill says:

Mосковская империя должна распасться т к смысла в ее существовании нет. Нынешняя элита Неспособна на Реформы, общество неспособно на революцию, поэтому будет продолжаться гниение, которое закончится распадом, т к и затяжное гниение тоже всех утомит. Сегодня московская імперія занимает первое место в мире: ■ по уровню умышленных убийств; ■ по числу курящих детей и подростков; ■ по числу взяток при поступлении в вузы; ■ по темпам роста табакокурения; ■ по аварийности на дорогах; ■ по смертности от самоубийств среди подростков 15-19 лет; ■ по абсолютной величине убыли населения; ■ по количеству самоубийств среди пожилых людей; ■ по числу разводов и количеству детей, рожденных вне брака; ■ по числу детей, брошенных родителями; ■ по смертности от заболеваний сердечно-сосудистой системы; ■ по числу пациентов с
заболеваниями психики; ■ по объемам торговли людьми; ■ по количеству абортов и материнской смертности; ■ по объёму потребления героина; ■ по
потреблению спирта и спиртосодержащей продукции; ■ по продажам крепкого алкоголя; ■ по темпам прироста ВИЧ-инфицированных; ■ по количеству
авиакатастроф (в 13 раз больше среднемирового уровня); ■ по числу
миллиардеров, преследуемых правоохранительными органами;
With cost of “black gold” at 15-23 dollars per barrel, the USSR economy collapsed, and the sovok
itself collapsed, and the "golden" horde ("russia") budget can only be fulfilled only with oil price at $ 42.4 and higher

HyperVoxel says:

Just don't defy the government or law, it's really that simple

peter evans says:

USA want to surround Russia with nukes and fund opposition as in Ukraine

Александр Антонович says:

One has to be a complete idiot to believe that Putin has anything to do with this “poisoning”.

James Walter says:

Putin is soft.

Christophoros Mertzanidis says:

protestors in belarus use an axis pact flag, get your facts straight. lukashenko might be an idiot but history is history and these protest will be proven as much of a travesty as the revolution in ukraine.

King Ejiogu says:

This is western media propaganda.

P Smith says:

Another staged poisoning all the evidence pointing towards the British intelligence as they mess up with the skripals and the Navalny seems to be messed up by the same people. I could have done a better job of staging the poisoning.

Aquila Mxp says:

what a suggestive and barely substantiated piece of journalism.

Do not get met wrong, I do think Putin and the Russian Federation for that matter, watches the development in Belarus very closely. But the statement that this is because Putin fears any resemblance to Lukashenko. This kind of vilifying of Putin as the big bad wolf does not serve anyone, least of all a profound understanding of the truth.

The major reason why Russia fears a political turnover in Belarus is much the same than for Ukrain, being geopolitical. Russia sees an ever growing NATO crouching up to their borders. One can even question the validity of NATO's position further eastwards, even though it makes sense from a purely military strategic point of view.

This geopolitical story is the one that should be told and it provides a much better insight as to what is happening in the Baltics and why that is so important for Putin and the Russian federation

ervross1 says:

Dictator country should change the people don't want that

Sergei Polikarkin says:

This video is just another proof that The Economist knows very little of positions of Lukashenko and Putin, along with their "expert". You guys are so far far away from the reality in Putin's Russia.

Mate Varszegi says:

So they used a non existing virus to begin with… This is the story that smells from tail to toe. Reality has gone nuts, if anyone believes things happen out of faith or as a coincidance.

xLiontari says:

Nord Stream 2

ZUTA Brada says:

This is so shity piece.They 've done it so lame,which also shows how they view Belorusan people,and in fact all people,threating them,us,all…like like cattle,insulting peoples inteligence…And "Svetlana the puppet" is so sincere,and trying so hard,that she couldn't even learn a few sentences,but must read from telepromter so obviously…looks funny a bit,but ultimat goal is much more sinister!…

xLiontari says:

European Color Revolution by George Soros (György Schwartz)

David Chorak says:

Putin’s days are numbered like the hair on his head. Xi’s gonna fall hard in less then 3 years.

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john harper says:

Lukashenko get the f___k out!

john harper says:

Alexie Rules. (As in he is cool & the real deal.) Putin is a murderer.

Lars Chue says:

Why doesn't community work for Europeans. SMH.

Espen André says:

Success in Belarus ignites opportunity in Russia.

Dimitar Stoyanov says:

аз съм за лукашенко

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