FP Passport: Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko's PR machine kicked into overdrive yesterday during a meeting with Pope Benedict. Said Belarussian opposition leader Anatoly Lebedko:
Lukashenko's main goal is to improve his image and to receive absolution from the pope ahead of the EU summit in Prague, where many European politicians will not extend a hand to the Belarusian dictator.
You know what could improve your image, Lukashenko? Free some prisoners, allow some freedom of speech, and if you could just generally tone down the crazy, that would be fantastic!
*According to dictionary.com, a dictator is "a person exercising absolute power, esp. a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession."