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Like Father, Like Son: The Adventures Of Alyaksandr Lukashenka And His Son Kolya

Mikalay Lukashenka, aka Kolya, is not your average 11-year-old. But that's to be expected when your father is not the average president, but Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Europe's "last dictator" and a merciless opponent of democratic change in his post-Soviet country.

In his 11 short years, Kolya has already met presidents, pop stars, and popes, and this week he even helped to represent Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York, where even U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, found a few spare minutes to pose with father and son. It's long been rumored that Kolya, reportedly born out of wedlock after a presidential fling, is being groomed to succeed his authoritarian dad, who's been in power since 1994, but under the current Belarusian Constitution, at least, that would mean his father would have to remain in power for another 34 years.

Lukashenka votes at a polling station in Minsk in September 2008, 4-year-old Kolya at his side.
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Lukashenka votes at a polling station in Minsk in September 2008, 4-year-old Kolya at his side.

Lukashenka with Kolya at a hockey match in December 2008.
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Lukashenka with Kolya at a hockey match in December 2008.

Lukashenka and Kolya meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2009.
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Lukashenka and Kolya meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2009.

Kolya offers a Russian-language alphabet book to Pope Benedict during the meeting at the Vatican.
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Kolya offers a Russian-language alphabet book to Pope Benedict during the meeting at the Vatican.

Riding a Harley, Lukashenka and Kolya take part in a motorbike festival in Minsk in July 2009.
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Riding a Harley, Lukashenka and Kolya take part in a motorbike festival in Minsk in July 2009.

Lukashenka and Kolya arrive in Bishkek in July 2009.
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Lukashenka and Kolya arrive in Bishkek in July 2009.

Lukashenka (right), Kolya, and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev observe joint military exercises in September 2009.
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Lukashenka (right), Kolya, and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev observe joint military exercises in September 2009.

Lukashenka with Kolya, who's holding an iPhone, in Gorky Park in Minsk in May 2010
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Lukashenka with Kolya, who's holding an iPhone, in Gorky Park in Minsk in May 2010

Lukashenka and Kolya during a visit to Turkey in September 2010
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Lukashenka and Kolya during a visit to Turkey in September 2010

Lukashenka stands next to Kolya as he casts his ballot for president for him at a polling station in December 2010.
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Lukashenka stands next to Kolya as he casts his ballot for president for him at a polling station in December 2010.

Kolya and Lukashenka meet with Cuban President Raul Castro
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Kolya and Lukashenka meet with Cuban President Raul Castro

Lukashenka and Kolya arrive to attend his swearing-in at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk on January 21, 2011.
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Lukashenka and Kolya arrive to attend his swearing-in at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk on January 21, 2011.

Lukashenka and Kolya watch a military parade to mark the nation's Independence Day in central Minsk in July 2012.
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Lukashenka and Kolya watch a military parade to mark the nation's Independence Day in central Minsk in July 2012.

Kolya and his father with then-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the Euro 2012 finals in Kyiv.
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Kolya and his father with then-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the Euro 2012 finals in Kyiv.

Lukashenka, Kolya, and Metropolitan Paval of Minsk and Slutsk
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Lukashenka, Kolya, and Metropolitan Paval of Minsk and Slutsk

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left), Lukashenka, Kolya, and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat at a reception for high-profile guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left), Lukashenka, Kolya, and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat at a reception for high-profile guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014.

Lukashenka and Kolya attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
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Lukashenka and Kolya attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.

Lukashenka and Kolya harvest potatoes at the presidential residence in Drozdy, near Minsk, in August.
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Lukashenka and Kolya harvest potatoes at the presidential residence in Drozdy, near Minsk, in August.

Lukashenka and Kolya lay a wreath at the September 11 memorial in New York on September 27.  
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Lukashenka and Kolya lay a wreath at the September 11 memorial in New York on September 27.

 

Kolya and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makey attend the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28.
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Kolya and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makey attend the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, pose with Lukashenka and Kolya during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, pose with Lukashenka and Kolya during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28.

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