John Oliver unveils teddy bear plan to get under Belarusian dictator’s skin

The Last Week Tonight host explains: Teddy bears ‘are everything that he’s not: cute, lovable, and covered in thick, natural hair all the way around’

John Oliver returned to the Last Week Tonight studio for the first time since spring 2020 on Sunday night, with a segment about Alexander Lukashenko, the unpopular autocratic leader of Belarus facing increasing unrest.

, John Oliver unveils teddy bear plan to get under Belarusian dictator’s skin, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

Despite widespread national protests against his nearly 30-year rule over the past year, state-approved exit polls said Lukashenko won a 2020 election with an 80% majority. “Which was immediately fishy for a couple of reasons,” said Oliver. “One, the massive protests that followed, and two, the idea that any man could still be popular after nearly three decades in the public eye.”

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