Belarus: Women take charge against Lukashenko as more than 1,100 people are detained ahead of elections

On Sunday 9 August, elections will take place in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko, Europe’s last dictator, has served as President of Belarus since the establishment of the office on 20 July 1994 and is now, after 26 years in power, facing mounting public pressure to step aside.

A tragic normality in the run-up