In the latest attempt to cement his power, Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is planning to change the constitution of Belarus via a manipulated referendum. The leadership’s ‘proposals’ were published in December 2021.
This event examines what will now happen by answering the following questions:
- Why is the referendum being held at all?
- How will the democratic movement use the campaign?
- What, if anything, can the West do this time?
Ryhor Astapenia, Belarus Initiative Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Tatsiana Chulitskaya, Academic Director, School of Young Managers in Public Administration
Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies, UCL; Researcher on Eastern Europe, ECFR
Chair: Samantha de Bendern, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House