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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Praise for Belarus

Russia praised Belarus’ upcoming elections as strengthening democracy, even though European organizations and the United States say they won’t be a fair contest.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday saying Russia considered Sunday’s elections "as a new confirmation of the firm intent of the entire Belarusian society and the leadership of the country to continue its movement toward the strengthening of democracy."

Most opposition candidates were barred from running on registration technicalities, and some opposition parties have been banned.