Image via WikipediaPresident Lukashenko of Belarus has always wanted to be part of Russia. To run it, actually. Well, 50% of that dream may come true. Well, he won't be running it.
Since, as one foreign diplomat put it last week, Belarus is heading into Zimbabwe territory, Belarus won't need to merge with Russia. Russia will simply buy it at the bargain price of a $3 billion bailout. Belarus and the Cheshire Cat (without the wit).
Good night, Mr. Lukashenko. You'll love the CIS presidency.