Full Name: Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko or Alyaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka
Profession: Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Why Famous: Alexander Lukashenko is Europe's longest ruling leader, having been the country's first and only President since 1994. Often called 'Europe's last dictator' Lukashenko heads an authoritarian government with close ties to Russia and the support of Vladimir Putin.
As a young man Lukashenko served in the Soviet army before becoming a state farm manager. He became president after leading an anti-corruption drive. None of his subsequent presidential elections have been judged as fair and the 2020 election result widely hailed as unfair ignited large scale national protests against Lukashenko and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 1994-07-20 Alexander Lukashenko is inaugurated as the first president of Belarus
- 2020-08-09 Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.
- 2020-08-11 Belarus's opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya flees the country amid large-scale protests over the country's disputed election results that returned Dictator Alexander Lukashenko to power
- 2020-08-16 Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko
- 2020-09-06 100,000 people demonstrate in Minsk against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, amid month-long protests against his re-election
- 2020-09-23 Alexander Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term as President of Belarus in a secret ceremony, amid continued widespread protests against his re-election