“Under a dictatorship, there cannot be independent judges and courts," said disbarred lawyer Alexander Pylchenko. "Our country is not an exception."
Data shows Belarus was the most dangerous country in Europe for journalists in 2020.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said "it is currently impossible to ensure the welfare of teams, spectators and officials while holding a World Championship in Belarus."
The gala did not appear to take precautions against COVID-19.
Huge anti-Lukashenko protests have been held for months in Belarus, with little to show. Are demonstrators now changing tack?