The Bear Ultimatum

by
Abby Zimet

Hard-line Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has sacked his air defense chief and border security guards for "not properly carrying out their duties in safeguarding Belarussian national security" after a small Swedish plane dropped a thousand stuffed teddy bears with little parachutes and labels calling for free speech and human rights. The plane, chartered by a Swedish public relations firm called Studio Total, crossed into Belarusian air space from Lithuania. Two have been arrested. Great video.

From a furious President Lukashenko: "Why didn't the commanders intercept that flight? Who did they sympathise with? Was it bungling by particular officials or a failure in the state's air defence system?"

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