Stanislau Shushkevich, First Leader Of Independent Belarus, Dead At 87

Stanislau Shushkevich, the first head of state of independent Belarus, one of the three leaders who signed the December 1991 agreement declaring that the U.S.S.R. had ceased to exist, and a staunch opponent of strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka, has died after being hospitalized for complications caused by COVID-19.

Shushkevich died on May 4, his wife, Iryna, said. He was 87.

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