Belarus has been rocked by strikes and weekly street protests since authorities announced that President Lukashenko, who has ruled in authoritarian fashion since 1994, had secured re-election on August 9 with 80 percent of votes.
Russian President Putin promises military support for close ally and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, while urging a peaceful resolution to the crisis following disputed August 9 vote.
Belarus is facing its biggest political crisis since the breakup of the Soviet Union, with tens of thousands of demonstrators saying veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko rigged the August 9 election to win.
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