Lukashenko was born in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (B.S.S.R.), which was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (U.S.S.R. or Soviet Union)? Lukashenko has isolated Belarus from the west and earned rebukes from the United Nations, but has maintained friendly ties with Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation? Lukashenko has been accused by the U.N. of blocking investigations into the disappearances of political opponents and journalists.
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