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GCKN: SOCIOCULTURAL RUNNING ESTIMATE – Belarus: New Strategy, New Threats, More Suppression

GCKN: SOCIOCULTURAL RUNNING ESTIMATE – Belarus: New Strategy, New Threats, More Suppression

In This Running Estimate…

  • In Russian popular perspectives, Putin’s popularity dropped two points to 83%, while support for the SMO steadied at 76% after a dip in November. Belief that the SMO is successful rose four points to 66% in November, with no data for December, and support for negotiation dropped four points to 53%.
  • Belarus released a new military strategy defining the United States and NATO as “unfriendly” while declaring willingness for dialogue.
  • Belarus both perceives the West as a threat and displays a threatening posture to the West.
  • The Lukashenko regime has waged a harsh domestic political suppression campaign since the 2020 elections yet resists mobilization or direct involvement in the war in Ukraine.

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