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.