Belarus President Alexandr Lukashenko faces an unprecedented nine opposition candidates Sunday in the country's most open vote in years. But his rivals say they have been the targets of vicious and humiliating state propaganda.
AP - An opposition activist depicted as a bikini-clad gay on national TV. Leaflets telling lies about a presidential hopeful. An honors student suddenly expelled from university after appearing in a video making fun of the president.
Students protest Lukashenko's authoritarian rule
The comparative openness apparently reflects Lukashenko's desire to improve relations with Europe and the United States amid troubled relations with longtime patron Russia. But Lukashenko appears to have no desire for a genuinely competitive election, and dirty tricks have abounded.
Date created : 2010-12-18