RT has reported he British and Canadian governments imposed sanctions, on Tuesday, against long-time Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, along with his eldest son Viktor, and six other high-ranking officials in the state apparatus.

The sanctions mean that those on the list are banned from traveling to the UK and Canada, and any assets they hold in those countries will be immediately frozen. Lukashenko is the first world leader to be targeted by the new UK Global Human Rights sanctions regime.

“Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is responsible for a string of human rights violations against opposition figures, media, and the people of Belarus in the wake of rigged elections,” the British government’s statement said. “Despite numerous calls from the international community, he has refused to engage in dialogue with the opposition, choosing instead to double down on his violent repression.”

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