Belarusian Opposition Shows Strength as Lukashenko Looks for Kremlin Support
The Insider: Kremlin creates a party against Lukashenko, but for integration
Journalists claim to have received information from sources close to the Russian presidential administration
Moscow intends to create in the Republic of Belarus a party that opposes the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, but for integration with Russia. The Insider writes about this with reference to the Russian president’s office for relations with foreign countries. It is headed by General of the Foreign Intelligence Service Vladimir Chernov. Investigative journalists claim that he is related to the Kremlin’s interference in the affairs of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and other countries of the former USSR.
The working name of the party is "The right of the people". The organization, according to the Kremlin’s plan, will focus on constitutional reforms, writes The Insider. The documents, which were at the disposal of the newspaper (photocopies are published on the website), say that the party will promote the idea of privatizing the public sector. The program also suggests "dismantling of censorship" and "respect for personal freedom and dignity", note the authors of the material.
The Insider also publishes a list of seven people whom the Russian presidential administration allegedly wants to use to create a party. All of them are Belarusian citizens, but they participated in the political club of the party "United Russia". They are supposed to join the maximum number of opposition structures, prepare candidates for parliamentary elections and create a network of local opinion leaders.
Representatives of the Belarusian authorities and the opposition previously stated that the country’s internal affairs do not require interference from foreign states.
The Kremlin has not yet commented on The Insider’s publication.
- Mass demonstrations against the results of the presidential elections held on August 9 continue in Minsk and other Belarusian cities. Alexander Lukashenko, who ran for the sixth term in a row, was declared the winner. The protesters consider the voting results to be falsified. They demand the resignation of Lukashenka, the release of political prisoners and the holding of new elections.
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