Friday, July 4, 2008

Belarus bomb

Was the explosion of a homemade-style bomb in Minsk on Thursday night an act of "hooliganism," as the Lukashenko regime says, or does it reflect perhaps an intra-regime power struggle, or are elements of the opposition, frustrated by Lukashenko's iron grip, taking to extra-legal, violent action, or what? The BBC's man in Minsk isn't sure, but he speculates here.

P.s.: In the spring, Belarus expelled the U.S. ambassador and other diplomats following U.S. sanctions against the state-run oil and chemicals company.

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