- The list will include the names of the law enformcent involved in the protest suppression.
- Lukashenko closed the borders with Poland and Lithuania.
- EU can implement sanctions based on the Taraykovsky List.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
The security discussions and consensus were not released to the public. Furthermore, the Belarusian opposition is preparing a “Taraikovsky List,” which will include officials and security forces who worked at the protests.
It will be transferred to Russia, Turkey, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, said former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The list was named after the first casualty of the protests, Alexander Taraikovsky. According to the protesters, he died due to the excessive force of the law enforcement agents.
The Belarusian government believes that Taraikovsky was a criminal, and the claims are unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, given the trajectory of the last election, it is hard to believe the statement made by the Lukashenko government.
This is a very dangerous step, as there were multiple instances where the families and children of the law enforcement officers were targeted. There are multiple police reports pertaining to such instances.
Moreover, Tikhanovskaya stated that she and her colleagues “were given the names of those who torture and beat people,” and therefore, “a separate list of officials and security forces who participated and continue to participate in police brutality” is being prepared. This statement was made to one of the Telegram channels.
After the list compilation and transfer to the West, sanctions will materialize against such individuals, they hope. The sanctions list will include persons involved in torture, illegal arrests, and abuse of detainees.
To identify the perpetrators, Tikhanovskaya said they are actively working with human rights defenders and the Black Book of Belarus Project.
The list that will be sent to Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, the European Union, and the United States will be published and will be edited on a regular basis to include more individuals. Tikhanovskaya also threatened law enforcement with future trials and punishment.
However, Tikhanovskaya is not a leader of Belarus. Additionally, at best, there will be a new election held in Belarus. The goal of such public threats is to force a coup in Belarus.
This week, Lukashenko closed the borders with Poland and Lithuania, and added more security at the Ukrainian border. The reason behind the border closure, he says, is the active support by these three nations of the Belarusian opposition.
Poland has been instrumental bridging the dialogue between the opposition and the EU. At present, Tikhanovskaya is residing in Lithuania for security reasons. Ukraine is not surprised at the escalation of the border scenario. The Ukrainian ambassador believes there will be changes implemented within a week.
However, Lukashenko secured the support of the Kremlin. If there would be a coup operation, it is highly likely the Russian security forces would immediately be deployed to stop the scenario from occurring.