Belarus’s high-tech park commissioned its creator as hackers lead revolution against Lucasenko.


WARSAW, Poland – One of the rare successes run by the regime of Europe’s last dictator is the establishment of a type of Eastern European Silicon Valley, which gave birth to a booming industry of Belarusian programmers and tech start-ups.

Belarus’s autocratic president, Alexander Lukashenko, now fears he has created a monster.

An army of 30,000 tech-savvy professionals is pitted against its creator. Coders and software engineers, many of whom are associated with state-sponsored high-tech parks in Minsk, have formed a hacking collective called CyberPartitions trying to extinguish the growing revolution as Lucashenko.

Thousands of Belarusians have been arrested since the August presidential election, which was condemned by foreign observers. Opposition leaders claim that Lukashenko was ousted from power amid heavy demonstrations against the brutal quarter of a century in power.

Hundreds of those arrested were beaten and attacked, some were also allegedly raped and killed in prison. Lukashenko has tried to emulate his colleague President Putin’s iron grip on dissent.

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