PONARS Eurasia Podcast
Belarus and the COVID-19 Pandemic [Lipman Series 2020]
Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, it would never have occurred to anyone to group Belarus together with Sweden. But today the wealthy Scandinavian country and the poor Eastern European one have something important in common: Neither has followed the rest of Europe into the lockdown.
Why has Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko chosen to act in full defiance of World Health Organization recommendations? How does the public view this defiance? What might be the implications for the upcoming Belarusian presidential elections? In this episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Grigory Ioffe to learn more.