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About Natalia Leshchenko

Natalia Leshchenko is an analyst of politics and business in east-central Europe. She works at the Institute for State Ideologies (INSTID)

Articles by Natalia Leshchenko

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Belarus: paralysis and reinvention

Belarus is gripped by economic crisis, its people discontented, its government trapped by inertia. The depth of the problem requires no less in response - a degree of imagination and self-confidence sufficient to remodel the nation, says Natalia Leshchenko.

Alexander Lukashenka’s new test

The Belarusian president’s latest election victory and the violent crackdown after it clarify the national challenge he faces, says Natalia Leshchenko.

Belarusians: in need of a nation

The contest between rival “Soviet” and “European” discourses fuels a dead-end debate about Belarus’s elusive national identity. It is time instead - whoever wins the presidential election on 19 December 2010 - to change the question, and find what Belarusians have in common. A shared archetype is a good place to start, says Natalia Leshchenko.

Kyrgyzstan: the absence of mercy

The humanitarian crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan fits all the requirements for international intervention. So why is it not happening, ask Natalia Leshchenko & David Hayes.

Belarus: love and paranoia

A Belarusian novel encourages citizens to question their own role in perpetuating the regime that governs them. The authorities’ response suggests it has touched a nerve, says Natalia Leshchenko.

Belarus's election paradox

Alexander Lukashenka has won a total election victory. But is that what Belarus’s president wanted? Natalia Leshchenko digs deeper to read the results, and advises Europe to take note.

(This article was first published on 1 October 2008)

Belarus: the shackles of sovereignty

The idea of national independence is a perfect instrument for Belarus’s autocrat to crush the freedom his people need, says Natalia Leshchenko.
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