Shishov Case: Belarus Leader Lukashenko Denies Link To Dissident's Death

Shishov Case: Belarus Leader Lukashenko Denies Link To Dissident's Death

Andrew H. Sweet

Vitaly Shishov was organizing help for Belarusians who fled to Ukraine from Mr. Lukashenko's post-election crackdown.

The U.K. and the U.S. are tightening sanctions on Belarus, hitting economic sectors.

They include potash and petroleum products - key sources of income for Mr. Lukashenko's regime - as well as financial services and transport. He and his top aides are already under Western sanctions.

Last year police detained thousands of anti-Lukashenko protesters as they broke up the demonstrations, using batons and tear gas. The opposition says more than 600 political prisoners are still in jail.

Belarusian opposition leaders are either in jail or were forced into exile. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory in the election, is based in Lithuania.

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