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Much opprobrium has been heaped in recent days on the “elective dictatorship” of Alexander Lukashenko and his violently fraudulent bid to secure a sixth term as president of Belarus.

  • Simon Tisdall
  • The Guardian

Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, led a chorus of condemnation, rejecting last Sunday’s poll as “neither free nor fair”.

Yet Europe’s righteous wrath and sanctions threats seem a tad confected.

Nobody really expected Lukashenko to play fair.

Democratic reform in Belarus, a…

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