Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not appear at an important national holiday celebration, fueling speculation about his deteriorating health.
The 68-year-old autocrat politician usually delivers a speech at the annual celebration of the National Flag, Symbol and Anthem Day, but on Sunday the Belarusian prime minister read his message.
Last week, Lukashenko left Moscow immediately after the Victory Day parade, and did not attend a lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lukashenko seemed tired then, and his right hand was in bandages.
He was last seen in public laying flowers in Minsk during the Victory Day celebrations in Belarus on May 9, just hours after returning from Russia.
An opposition channel on the Telegram social network reported that Lukashenko was staying at the presidential health center on the outskirts of Minsk on Saturday evening, but this information has not been confirmed by independent sources.
So far, there have been no comments or announcements from the presidential cabinet on this topic.
Often described in the West as the last dictator in Europe, Lukashenko has ruled Belarus since 1994, suppressing any form of rebellion.
He was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election – which the opposition described as a fraud.
After the election, thousands of people were arrested and many survived brutal beatings by riot police and agents of the KGB secret security service during the massive anti-regime protests that rocked the country.
Despite the protests, Lukashenko managed to stay in power with the support of Russia.
Last year, he supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine, offering Belarus as a training ground from where Russian troops would cross into the country and allowing Russian military aircraft to launch attacks from the territory of this country.
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