6. Alexander Lukashenko – Belarus

The president of Belarus is the last dictator in Europe and still looks the part. The mustachioed strongman took advantage of the chaos following the fall of the Soviet Union to make a rapid climb to power in the newly independent Belarus. He won the presidential election in 1995 and, upon taking the reins, quickly removed other power centers within the country. To cement control, Lukashenko skillfully co-opted the democratic process, setting up a referendum that gave his power grab a veneer of popular approval. Another referendum in 2004 eliminated presidential term limits, allowing Lukashenko to remain in power indefinitely. Spewing bizarre anti-Semitic statements and using neo-Nazi gangs to intimidate his opponents, Lukashenko is a troubling throwback to a Europe thought long gone.

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