- Belarus will hold a forum next week.
- The forum is held every five years.
- The 3 members of the opposition were invited to attend the forum, but do not have the power to vote.
The Investigative Committee of Belarus formally sent the documentation for the extradition of the founder of the Telegram channel NEXTA Stepan Putilo and his former editor-in-chief Roman Protasevich from Poland under the International treaty. The Belarusian KGB previously included these individuals on the terrorist list.
However, it would be interesting, if Poland will fulfill the obligations under the treaty. Currently, Putilo and Protasevich will have a lot to worry about, if they get extradited.
Moreover, next week Belarus will hold the Belarusian People’s Assembly in Minsk. The forum is held every five years. The event is already attracting a lot of the foreign attention. It is also highly likely, the Belarusian opposition will try to sabotage the event. It is expected that the high law enforcement presence will be felt in the capital of Belarus for the duration of the forum.
Alexander Lukashenko is expected to give the landmark speech pertaining the direction of the Belarus. Last year, the Kremlin was instrumental for the need of the Belarusian constitution changes.
There will be three opposition members that will attend the VI All Belarussian People’s Assembly. The three attendees from the opposition are Sergei Ceresna, Anna Konopacka and Igor Borisov.
Also, the creator of the “Round Table of Democratic Forces”, political scientist Yuri Voskresensky and his deputy Andrey Lankin who formed the Democratic Union party were invited. Thus far, they have not confirmed their attendance. who previously announced the creation of the political party “Democratic Union”, were invited to the VNS.
In addition, there is a new US ambassador appointed to the Belarus, but the ambassador went first to Lithuania to hold the meeting with the Lithuanian officials. It is the known fact that Lithuania is backing the Belarusian opposition.
The question ponders, if the Lukashenko will shut down US embassy in Belarus and seize all the relations with the US. Thus far, Lukashenko has not commented pertaining the actions of the newly appointed US ambassador. It is very unlikely, the US ambassador will be able to stay in Belarus.
The new US ambassador already met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Of course, it was extremely unpleasant for the President of Belarus to read the following lines: “It is a great honor for me to welcome the new US Ambassador to Belarus.Friendship with the United States is very important for the Belarusian people and their aspirations for a democratic future.” stated Tikhanovskaya. According to the Tichanovskaya, they discussed the release of the political prisoners. It should be noted, Tichanovskaya husband continues to be in the Belarusian jail.
Overall, next week will show the tone of the Belarus in the near future. The Belarusian media already promoting the forum. The highlights include the invitations to the certain opposition members.
The opposition members can’t vote during the event, only the delegates who were recruited on the principle of a loyal attitude to the government will work directly and make decisions. Hence, the voters will only be the pro Belarusian government. The same style of events are also held in China.