Stalin finds favour in former Soviet republic

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The Independent Online
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus moved further to tighten his rule in this former Soviet republic and said people were asking him to introduce a dictatorship similar to Stalin's. "People are saying: `Give us Stalin's times'," he said in a television broadcast. Having already restored Soviet symbols, he promised to revive the Soviet tradition of subbotniks - unpaid mandatory labour on weekends, mostly in street cleaning.

AP -Minsk