IN A MAY REFERENDUM, 83 percent of voters supported Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's plan for economic integration with Russia, and 75 percent voted for the return of the Soviet-era state emblem and flag. Although the referendum was not legally binding, voters also approved of giving the Russian language the same status as Belarusian and empowering the office of the president to dissolve the parliament.
You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber.
Not a subscriber?
Annual membership costs only $55 per year for individuals ($33 for students) and organizational subscriptions start at $134 per year.
Subscribe today for access to:
Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 22,000 articles).
You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.