Sabine Fischer

Sabine Fischer is a senior fellow in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia research division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Her work focuses on Russia.

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with repression, the protest movement will persist and diversify. However, it lacks the institutional... Continue Reading

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How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest ally and a linchpin for Russian neighborhood policy. For two decades, Russia has funded and... Continue Reading

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