The people’s will (not) October 8, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
Depressing, but not surprising reading from this excellent source of information on the foggy concept of Eurasia. So the main opposition newspaper in Belarus is gone. Woefully information-starved folk will now go even hungrier, and the robustness of Lukashenka’s rule looks safe for another mandate at least. With no-one to rally behind, unless Milinkevich can perform miracles, the opposition looks as marginalised as ever. (Mind you, I like what I’ve read of Milinkevich so far. It’s hard to think of him belonging to the same species as Lukashenka, never mind wanting to get involved in a political wrestling match with him. I wonder what fate holds in store for him.) I have seen Zianon Pazniak has also declared his intention to run in the presidential elections next year, though I don’t know how effective he can be from exile. When I first got interested in Belarus and all things Belarusian, Mr. Pazniak seemed a pretty major player, but I don’t know if he is now seen as a serious figure in Belarus at all, or is even remembered. And I wonder what his Conservative Christian Party’s manifesto says… (At least it would be in Belarusian.)