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Impact of EU sanctions on Belarus after 17 years under Alexander Lukashenko

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In the Eastern European country of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko has now been in power for more than 17 years. And the authoritarian leader shows no signs of relinquishing it. Alarmed by human rights abuses, the European Union has introduced limited sanctions against his regime. Economic problems have sapped support for Lukashenko over the past year. But the President's iron-fisted rule offers little scope for the divided opposition. France 24 correspondent Gulliver Cragg reports from Minsk.