Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/237674
Authors: 
Dobrinski, Rumen Nikolov
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Policy Notes and Reports No. 40
Publisher: 
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), Vienna
Abstract: 
Public discontent with Mr. Lukashenko's authoritarian rule had been piling up for years and came to the surface after the fraudulent presidential election held in August 2020. At present the country is in a political stalemate as the official election results are challenged by a large part of the population and by the West but recognised by Russia and China. In the present circumstances there are no straightforward ways to break the gridlock, and different scenarios are possible. At the same time the Belarusian economy is plagued with serious problems that call for radical economic reforms. Belarus's economic and political problems are intertwined: the way the political crisis will be resolved will shape the future of the Belarusian economy.
Subjects: 
Belarus
elections
political stalemate
credibility and legitimacy of power
succession ofpower
economic reforms
JEL: 
E65
P21
P30
Document Type: 
Research Report

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