Aleksandr Lukashenko – Belarus – Facts and Bias



Aleksandr Lukashenko - Government and Media - Left Bias - Dictatorship - Communism - SocialismFactual RatingPolitician - Mixed Factual Rating

LEFT BIAS

These leaders are moderate to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.

  • Aleksandr Lukashenko has been the President of the Republic of Belarus since 1994. Known for his authoritarian style of governance, he has faced various controversies during his tenure. We assign Aleksandr Lukashenko a Left Bias and MIXED factual rating due to a failed fact check and these controversies, including allegations of suppressing dissent and human rights violations.

About Aleksandr Lukashenko

Country: Belarus
Title: President of the Republic of Belarus(1994 – present)
Political Party:  Belaya Rusis a “public association” that supports the President
Political Alignment: Authoritarian Left 
Factual Rating: MIXED


Career

  • Lukashenko is the first and only president of Belarus since its 1991 independence, serving from 1994-Present.
  • Elected member of the BSSR Supreme Council, 1990.
  • Director of the Gorodets State Farm, 1987-1994.
  • Graduated from Belarusian Agricultural Academy (extramural education) (1985)
  • Progressed through various roles in Mogilev and Shklov, 1977-1990:
    • Secretary of the Komsomol Committee, Mogilev
    • Instructor, Oktyabrsky District Executive Committee
    • Secretary, Znanie association in Shklov
    • Deputy Chairman, Udarnik collective farm
    • Deputy Director, Shklov Construction Materials Factory
    • Secretary, Lenin collective farm’s Communist Party

Political Affiliation

Aleksandr Lukashenko has been a strongman leader in Belarus since his election in 1994. His governance often mirrors Soviet-era policies, emphasizing state control and political continuity. Lukashenko’s economy has been described as “Market Socialism,” in which privatization has been halted and a strong welfare state put in place.

While Lukashenko has not been explicitly affiliated with a specific political party, his influence on Belarusian politics is undeniable. The 2020 Belarus parliamentary elections saw no opposition candidates securing seats, further consolidating his grip on the nation’s political landscape. This dominance was not without international scrutiny, with entities like the European Union raising concerns about the fairness of the electoral process.

Amid these developments, the pro-Lukashenko social movement, “Belaya (White) Rus,” transitioned into a political party in March 2023. Historically, Lukashenko had reservations about its formalization, but the transformation indicates a potential shift in Belarus’s political dynamics. Oleg Romanov, known for his academic inclinations towards the “Russian world” ideology, was appointed its leader. His ascendancy has led to speculations about the future political direction of Belarus and the potential successors to Lukashenko’s legacy. 


Recent Failed Fact Checks


(M. Huitsing 08/15/2023)

Last Updated on August 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check




Do you appreciate our work? Please consider one of the following ways to sustain us.

MBFC Ad-Free 

or

MBFC Donation




Left vs. Right Bias: How we rate the bias of media sources

Found this insightful? Please consider sharing on your Social Media: