In the wake of Sunday's highly disputed election that saw Alexander Lukashenko win yet another term in office, Belarus is continuing to be rocked by the biggest protests in its history. Just yesterday, the president was heckled by factory workers on the outskirts of Minsk who chanted "liar" and "step down". As his iron grip on power is tested like never before, Lithuania has voiced concern that Russian troops may intervene in a similar manner to Ukraine which resulted in the occupation of the Crimean peninsula and heavy military clashes in the Donbass.
Over the years, a plethora of international reports have shown just how much freedom is really curtailed in Belarus. This infographic pulls some of the most recent results together, highlighting the country's ranking in major reports we have frequently covered at Statista. For example, internet users have experienced major disruptions in recent days with Freedom On The Net 2019 from Freedom House ranking Belarus 47th out of 65 countries worldwide for internet freedom. Likewise, it only manages 150th out of 167 nations in the 2019 Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. It also scores poorly in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, coming in 153rd out of 180 countries and territories.