The House That Lukashenko Built The Foundation, Evolution, and Future of the Belarusian Regime

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13  “Contributors to Russian News Agency Convicted of Inciting Hate in Belarus,” 

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, February 2, 2018, 


14  In the summer of 2016, unable to withstand the pressure from the state security 

services, the director of IISEPS decided to stop working. Apart from IISEPS, there 

were and still are other centers that carry out sociological surveys, but either they do 

so irregularly, meaning that the dynamics cannot be tracked, or they do so for private 

customers and are afraid of making their political data public. Nevertheless, the rare 

publication of such data has at least made it possible to verify the IISEPS data  

relied on here.

15  “Trends of Change in Belarusian Public Opinion,” IISEPS, July 3, 2016, http://

16 “EDB Integration Barometer – 2016,” Eurasian Development Bank, October 26, 



17 Ibid.

18 “March 2016: Belarus –The EU: A Thaw, Not Summer,” IISEPS, April 4, 2016,

19  “Trends of Change in Belarusian Public Opinion,” IISEPS.

20  Elena Atemenko, “REFORUM: Naseleniye Belarusi: khotyat reform, no ne gotovy k 

ikh posledstviyam” [Reforum: The population of Belarus: they want reforms, but are 

not ready for their consequences], Belarusian Institute of Strategic Studies, May 16, 

2015,; and “Results of the IISEPS Nation 

Opinion Poll June 2-12, 2016,” IISEPS, June 2016, 


21  The name of this documentary invoked wordplay involving the terms batka (a famil-

iar form of the word father that Lukashenko uses as a nickname) and krestnyotets (a 

reference to Francis Ford Coppola’s acclaimed Mafia movie, The Godfather).

22  Igar Gubarevich, “EU to Double Assistance to Belarus—Belarus Foreign Policy 

Digest,” Belarus Digest, December 28, 2015, 


23  Off-the-record author interviews with senior and mid-level officials in Belarus’s 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minsk, 2015–2016.

24  Arytom Shraibman, “Chey Krym? Kak gosstrktury Belarusi reshayut etot delikatniy 

vopros,” [Who does Crimea belong to? How the state structures of Belarus are resolv-

ing this delicate question],, April 18, 2016, 


25  “Belarus: Increased NATO Presence Forces Reaction,” Dario Cavegn,, July 7, 


26  “Otvet nachal’nika upravleniya informatsii — press-sekretarya Ministerstva in-

ostrannykh del Belarusi Dmitriya Mironchika na vopros agentstva ‘BelTA’” 

[Response of the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Dmitry 

Mironchik to a question from the BelTA agency], Belarusian Ministry of Foreign 

Affairs, November 25, 2015, 


27  “Kommentariy press-sluzhby Ministerstva inostrannykh del Respubliki Belarus” 

[Commentary of the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs], 


Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 7, 2017,



28  “Russia in Fact Imposes Food Embargo on Belarus,” Charter 97, February 14, 2017,

Artyom Shraibman | 33

29  “Tsena na rossiyskiy gaz dlya Belarusi v 2018 godu sostavit $129, v 2019-m – $127 

za 1 tys. kub. m” [The price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2018 will be $129, in 2019, 

$127 per 1,000 cubic meters],, April 16, 2017,



30  “Rudy: Ekonomisty nuzhny. No ne molchaschie ot loyal’nosti, a preduprezhdayus-

chie — ot patriotizma” [Rudy: Economists are needed. But not those who remain 

silent out of loyalty; those who warn out of patriotism],, November 3, 2016,

31  “On Entrepreneurship Development,” President of Belarus, November 23, 2017,


32  “Ease of Doing Business in Belarus,” World Bank, 2018, http://www.doingbusiness


33  Off-the-record author interviews with contacts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

in 2017.

34  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan (New York: Random House, 2010).

35  Johannes F. Linn, “Super-Presidential Risks and Opportunities in Russia,” Brookings 

Institution, January 26, 2006,



36  Artyom Shraibman, “Lidia Yermoshina — o vyborakh po-novomu, referendum, 

smertnoy kazni i muzhchinakh-belorusakh” [Lidia Yermoshina: On new-style elec-

tions, a referendum, capital punishment, and male Belarusians], February 10, 


37  While there are some Belarusian television programs that exist independently of the 

government, they generally are broadcast online or on satellite channels that are not 

available to citizens without internet access or satellite dishes.

38  “Main Demographic and Social Characteristics of Population of the Republic 

of Belarus Based on the 2009 Census Results,” Belarusian National Statistical 

Committee, 2009,

39  Andrey Ravkov, “Dokument mira i bezopasnosti: o novoy voyennoy doctrine 

Respubliki Belarus’” [Peace and security document: on the new military doctrine of 

the Republic of Belarus], Belaruskaya Dumka, August 2016, http://beldumka.belta 


40  “World Integrated Trade Solution: Ukraine Trade Summary 2013,” World Bank,


/Summarytext; and Trading Economics, “Belarus Exports By Country,” 2016,

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