By not inviting international election observers, Lukashenka made an early statement that he would try to hold onto power no matter what. But he might have miscalculated this time. 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.