Sound the alarms, deadpoolers, it’s the first time Not Gone Yet, But Still Forgotten has gotten a hit since 2017. The chap who has stepped up to the mantle, one Stanislav Shushkevich, might not be a BBC breaking “you remember where you were when you found out” death, but as the first post-USSR leader of Belarus, he was practically red carpet next to the Azerbaijani yodelers that one typically finds on the team. Alongside Boris Yeltsin and Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, Shushkevich was one of the three architects of the Belovezh Accords that dissolved the USSR, and he alone broke the news to Gorbachev. He struggled to steer Belarus through the choppy waters of the post-Soviet landscape, and lost reelection to Aleksandr Lukashenko. Shushkevich was a harsh critic of Lukashenko’s iron-fisted dictatorship, never swaying from his principles despite the consequences – among them having a near nonexistent pension (Lukashenko designated it as unaffected by inflation) and being erased from Belarusian textbooks. He was 87 and died of COVID complications.
15 December 1934 – 3 May 2022, aged 87
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