In 1994, Belarus had its only free election since the fall of the Soviet Union, and Alexander Lukashenko became president. Leading up to the election in late 2020, opposing political candidates, activists, and media outlets, were harassed by the government. The election results claimed that President Lukashenko was reelected. However, several countries and many citizens did not honor the result. Large, ongoing protests surrounded the election and were met with hostile government response. Currently, the country has increasing tensions with Lithuania and Poland, and is facing sanctions from the European Union, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States for repressing political opposition and media outlets.