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Hijacking Western Complacency

By hijacking a commercial flight in order to arrest a dissident journalist, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko would appear to have crossed a...

And yet, Western governments for years have shown that they are perfectly willing to tolerate KGB-style abuses right under their noses.

  • Sławomir Sierakowski
  • Project Syndicate

WARSAW – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has once again demonstrated the lengths to which he will go to crack down on his opponents.

On May 23, he deployed a MiG-29 fighter jet to force down a commercial flight, which was traveling from Athens to Vilnius, shortly before it left Belarusian airspace.

The purpose was to…

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