"The main factor behind our independence is Russia"

Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus

1954 – Born in Vitebsk region
1975 – Graduates, Mogilev State University
1975 – Serves in Soviet Army
1985 – Graduates, Belarusian Agricultural Academy
1988 – Manages Collective Farm, Belarus
1990 – Becomes People’s Deputy and Elected to Supreme Council, Belarus
1994 – President of Belarus
2001 – Re-elected President of Belarus
2006 – Third term as President of Belarus

The President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, is not the best friend of western democracies and he is well aware that he is often labelled as the last dictator in Europe. Meanwhile, Belarus is one of the most economically successful countries in the post-Soviet space and President Lukashenko says that he won’t be surprised if ten years from now he's still the President of Belarus if his health and people’s support don’t fail him. Today, President Lukashenko is the guest on Spotlight.