In Belarus, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets following the August 9th presidential election and its disputed results. President Alexander Lukashenko says that he captured 80% of the vote, a percentage critics say is improbable based on the size of the protests. Lukashenko’s opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has left the country for neighboring Lithuania following a meeting with security officials. As Belarusians continue to decry the election outcome, police officers have beaten protesters killed at least two people, injured hundreds and arrested nearly 7,000. In this event, FPRI’s Eurasia Program Director Chris Miller will check back in with Katia Glod, an expert based in Minsk, and the former Belarus representative of the European Endowment for Democracy in Minsk.
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Chris Miller - Chris Miller is the Director in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. He is also Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Katia Glod - Katia Glod is an independent analyst and political risk consultant based in London. She advises on the politics and economics of former Soviet countries. Glod worked as the Belarus representative of the European Endowment for Democracy in Minsk. She also worked as an election observer and analyst for the OSCE in countries such as Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Albania, and North Macedonia. Earlier Glod was a Robert Bosch Academy Fellow on the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London. She managed research projects on labor migration and public attitudes for the Eurasian Development Bank in Russia and Kazakhstan. Glod’s research interests include democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet countries; the development of civil society; the EU’s Eastern Partnership; Russia’s policy towards former Soviet countries; and energy markets in former Soviet countries. Glod holds a Master’s degree in European Politics from Sussex University, and a BA in Humanities from the University of North Dakota.