Effects of The Cold War on Belarus

Effects of The Cold War on Belarus
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  • The Cold War
  • The Cold War had impacts on many countries in the Middle East and the rest of the world. Today I will talk to you about 5 of those impacts that specifically affected the country of Belarus.  
  • Government Corruption
  • The Government in Belarus has become progressively more corrupt after the cold war. The President, Alexander Lukashenka, rigged the 2004 elections to receive 48% of the votes. The EU is not on good terms with either the country or its president, with some members even being banned in EU countries. 
  • Government violence
  • Many things have occurred in Belarus, taking the corrupt, degrading government set in motion after the Cold War more steps farther. These include using security forces against non-government organizations, as well as using them against independent media. Also, many politicians in opposition to Lukashenka have just "disappeared."
  • Isolation from the West
  • After the Cold War, Belarus has become isolated from the west. They have mostly outdated deep ties with Russia as well as their allies, but an overall varying relationship with the international community. 
  • Russian Relations
  • Belarus had many connections with Russia before the Cold War. Russia had vowed to use their military to defend Belarus if it were to ever need it. Before the Cold War, Russian troops would run exercises with Belarusian troops. Since the war, the training exercises have stopped and Belarus no longer has Russia's vow for protection. 
  • Soviet Influence
  • Finally, although the USSR no longer exists, there is still much soviet influence in Belarus since the Cold War. There is a statue of Lenin in the capital square as well as a KGB headquarters building. 
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