Belarus Presidential Elections | Show Description
In December 2010 presidential elections were held in Belarus. The public had high hopes for fair election that would lead to a change of the current leader - president Alexander Lukashenko, who rules the country for 16 years. About 40000 people came out on the streets of Minsk. The peace rally was brutally suppressed by the army and riot police: about 700 people were detained, many of them were in need of medical care. Protesters were sentenced to 10-15 days in prison. Activists and ex-presidential candidates were charged with a more serious accusation -- they may spend up to 15 years in prison. At this moment they convicted on the criminal case upon Article 293 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, 'mass riot' for up to 6 years in prison.