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Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko, president of Belarus, is often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, which makes filmmaker Yuri Khashchevatsky Europe’s last dictator’s biggest pain in the ass. His film Kalinovsky Square is only his latest attempt to depict the iron rule of the guy who runs the most Stalinist regime this side of the Yalu River. The documentary takes its name from the locale in central Minsk where protesters, mostly students, gathered after the March 2006 round of rigged presidential elections. Khashchevatsky details the runup to the elections, the pair of hapless opposition candidates (one of whom ends up jailed), and the short-lived “Minsk Spring” that follows Election Day. His narrative style is warm—his voice-overs are rich with that peculiar brand of jolly irony that defined the Soviet psyche—but uneven, as he frames some of the events around a young student named Dasha to no particularly satisfying end. But in subtle ways—showing how state-run media has brainwashed the countryside, detailing how a bunch of pro-regime Minsk babushki take their cues from a shadowy figure, exposing Lukashenko’s not-so-thinly veiled fascist sympathies—Kalinovski Square deftly exposes a little known brand of totalitarianism. —MD