President Lukashenko and the power of his Ig Nobel Prize

The Belarus Digest reports (on April 4, 2016):

“There are permanent rumours within the Belarusian establishment that the main reason for Lukashenka’s peace initiatives was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to US president Barack Obama in October 2009. Lukashenka is rumoured to have given orders to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ‘win’ the Nobel Peace Prize for him.

nk-5_1“However, the apparent lack of Belarusian capacity to influence the process, deteriorating relations with the West after the presidential elections in December 2010, the economic crisis of 2011 and Lukashenka’s receipt of the parody Ig Peace Nobel Prize in 2013 definitely cooled the president’s ambitions.”

That 2013 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

Here is an official Presidential photo of President Lukashenko, fastened to a mustache, and surrounded by admirers: