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Belarus protests: Lukashenko calls for Russian support as international pressure mounts

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has rebuffed demands for a new election - despite 8 days of historic protests and calls for a general strike.

Exiled opposition candidate Sviatlana Tskihanouskaya says she's ready to step in as a caretaker president until new elections can be held. But Lukashenko says he won't give in to pressure and has called on Russia for support.

Katsiaryna Shmatsina is a political analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies. She says Russian support for Lukashenko will only go so far.

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