Belarus is the only European country that is still playing soccer. Why? Because President Alexander Lukashenko, a man often referred to as “Europe’s last dictator,” said so. Belarus was part of the Soviet Union until it was dissolved in 1991. Lukashenko has been president since 1994 and has continued many Soviet-era policies.
The coronavirus “is just another psychosis, which will benefit some people and harm others,” Lukashenko said last week. “The civilized world is going nuts. It is absolute stupidity to close state borders.”
Instead of panicking “like those in Western Europe,” he suggested having 40–50 grams of vodka daily and frequenting saunas. He also told farmers to keep working, as “tough work and a tractor can cure anything.”