Russian television has been airing some unusual programmes over the past week. Two prime-time documentaries have revealed a shocking story of human rights abuses, rampant corruption, dictatorial politics and threats to opposition figures.

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Russian television has been airing some unusual programmes over the past week. Two prime-time documentaries have revealed a shocking story of human rights abuses, rampant corruption, dictatorial politics and threats to opposition figures. But all of these allegations, not things that the Russian media often dwells on, are not focused on Russia itself, but instead on Belarus, Russia’s neighbour and until recently one of its major allies.

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