Is Belarus Blaming Russia For a New Maidan?

  • The article was posted on the American blog platform Medium and Telegram channels.
  • Russia is being blamed for preparing a Maidan in Belarus.
  • Alexander Lukashenko has a prolonged conflict with Russian commodity oligarchs and officials.

The Belarusian government news agency, BelTA, published a link to an anonymous article, “Who is preparing the Maidan in Belarus?” The anonymous article claims that the Belarusian secret services managed to uncover the plot thanks to information from their Western colleagues leaked through Ukraine.

Euromaidan (iterally ‘Euro Square’) was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev. The protests led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency or BelTA is the state-owned national news agency of the Republic of Belarus. It operates in Russian, Belarusian, English, German, Spanish and Chinese languages. Since 2018, the director of BELTA is Irina Akulovich.

The article was posted on the American blog platform Medium and Telegram channels. The author of the article accuses Russian statesmen, starting with former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, businessmen, and political scientists, and even (indirectly) the United Russia party, of preparing the Maidan in Belarus.

United Russia is the ruling political party of Russia. United Russia is the largest party in Russia, and as of 2018 it holds 335 of the 450 seats in the State Duma. United Russia members have constituted the majority of State Duma since 2007. Dmitriy Medvedev is the chairman of the United Russia party.

It should be noted that the leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has a prolonged conflict with Russian commodity oligarchs and officials. The main foes are Medvedev and Anatoly Chubais, a Russian politician and businessman of Russian and Jewish origin who was responsible for privatization in Russia as an influential member of Boris Yeltsin’s administration in the early 1990s.

Moreover, the article claims that Russian oligarchs want to remove Lukashenko from power, and put their own person in charge of the “western province.” At the same time, it was supposed to “subdue the Pro-Western opposition, mislead the EU and the US.”

Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on 9 August 2020. Long-term president Alexander Lukashenko has announced he will run for a sixth term in office, having won every presidential election since independence in 1991, and is heavily-favored to win again.

There are also claims that since 2017, Russians have been causing privations in Belarus. The main agent of implementation was considered to be Semyon Uralov, who tried to use his connections among the Belarusian political Beau Monde for this purpose.

According to the article, Russia has two parallel lines of pressure on Belarus: from Rosneft, Semyon Uralov, from Gazprom, Viktor Babariko. Babariko is currently in jail, and has been bared from running in the upcoming election.

At present, Alexander Lukashenko is facing tumultuous times. Minsk has been plagued by protests. Moreover, Belarus’ regime will not be able to cope with prolonged protests. It is also observed that a majority of the opposition are women. The symbol of the revolt has also already been announced: white-tipped ribbons.

His approval ratings continue to slide. Lukashenko has a rift with the Kremlin. Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on 9 August 2020. To note, Lukashenko is running for his 6th term in the office. He has been president of Belarus since 1994.

Overall, Belarus is heading for a new course. It is highly likely that within next five years, Belarus will become part of Russia. The fate is sealed. At the end, the elections will be a farce, and probably will be rigged. Unfortunately, that is the case in Belarus.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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