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What Belarus's autocrat president Aleksandr Lukashenko has in his wardrobe, why a new theme park in Greece is ruffling feathers, and Bulgaria's upcoming elections.

Aleksandr Lukashenko, Bulgaria, Thessaloniki, makeover

STYLE LEADER No. 44

Despot for a makeover

Aleksandr Lukashenko [BELARUS]

In the western media, at least, Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko’s name rarely appears far from the phrase “Europe’s last dictator”. For the nearly two decades he has spent in office, the 58-year-old former state farm director has generally behaved as if the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Soviet totalitarianism and the end of the Cold War were all things that happened to other people.

Lukashenko favours dour, boxy suits, evoking the stolid, drab non-style of…

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