Is necrosis contagious?

Alexander Lukashenko flew to Sochi yesterday to beg Vladimir Putin for help. He was promised a loan of $1.5 billion.

Here are two clippings from Radio Liberty’s yesterday’s broadcast, in my translation from Russian.

Anatoly Lebed’ko, a Belarusian politician:

Lukashenko arrived in Sochi as a former president of Belarus, and this is how he is perceived by the constitutional majority of Belarusians.

Stanislav Belkovsky, a more or less independent Russian political observer:

Lukashenko is a corpse politically so he… might strike any pose – it won’t change anything. His principal problem is the fact that he has no legitimacy, that he is an illegitimate president.

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At this point, I hope I will be excused for quoting myself:

The dictator may survive to live another day but in a slightly longer run, he’s a dead man. [August 9]

Politically, Alexander Lukashenko is a walking corpse, a zombie. No wonder he can’t help spilling blood, even from beyond the grave. [August 12]

…[W]e’re only observing a galvanized corpse, politically speaking… [August 24]

Putin, some say, hates Lukashenko enough to savor his humiliation. But I would rather like to know how cadaver poisoning might accelerate Putin’s decline.

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