Belarus is holding a presidential election on Sunday, which is widely expected to see Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a fourth term.
After 16 years in office, Lukashenko has become Europe's longest serving leader.
Marina Bogdanovich, an opposition activist who says she was intimidated by the government and put under surveillance for her activism, voiced concerns to Al Jazeera that the post-Soviet state will continue to not have the same freedoms as other western countries if Lukashenko is re-elected.
Neave Barker from Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
[December 19, 2010]