No-Fun Dictator May Fine Boy for Ice Bucket Challenging Him

Europe's last dictator is not a fan of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Last we checked in with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, he was threatening to confiscate people's cars for littering his beloved country.

Lukashenko, who has been in power for 20 years now, is nothing if not consistent. After being dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by openly gay German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in 2012,  he responded by saying "better to be a dictator than gay."

The Belarusian premier is now distinguishing himself as the sole opponent of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sure, people have kvetched or whatever about the ALS fundraiser and its subtle disingenuousness, but when Lukashenko was recently challenged by Dmitry Dayneko, a young Belarusian, well, it was reportedly viewed as a sign of opposition.

From the BBC:

But he was soon called in to the local youth affairs office and his school in Berezino and told off, the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty reports. Police said everyone in the video would be fined unless they took it down.

Dimitry says he was told he'd "done something against Lukashenko". But he says: "It was just a stunt. It's just a game. We just wanted to start things off, to see what happens, maybe we'd be lucky."

The moral of the story: Never ever challenge authority. Even for charity.

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