Christopher Miller+ Your Authors @ChristopherJM Correspondent covering Ukraine & beyond for @BuzzFeedNews. Also seen in @RFERL @POLITICOEurope @ViceNews @Guardian. Send tips to [email protected] Aug. 23, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

What a show. Lukashenko steps off a state helicopter in riot garb and carrying an assault rifle.

Incredible. Lukashenko, donning full OMON riot police gear in a series of propaganda videos released by Belarusian state media, says protesters — his the Belarusian people — “scattered like rats” as he arrived to thank security forces. Notice the assault rifle at his side. 🙄

Omg that’s his 16-year-old son Kolya in full combat gear beside him.

Link to those videos on the @beltanews Telegram channel: 

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