Andrei Dzmitryeu responds to accusations in an interview to Belarus Partisan
Head of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s initiative campaign Andrei Dzmitryeu told “Belarus Partisan” about the meaning of her participation in presidential election as a candidate, and why it is important to continue until the end of the presidential campaign despite constant accusations of collaboration with special services.
Some of Dzmitryeu’s points were:
The democratic opposition critical of Karatkevich helps her to look as a new, alternative face to the old opposition disliked by the society because of the constant inner struggles.
BPF Party’s leader Aliaksei Yanukevich sacrificed the reputation of his party and his own reputation in order to make Karatkevich the only candidate which doesn’t have negative reputation.
It is impossible to go ahead with the organization of the election boycott.
Karatkevich’s participation in the election won’t help Lukashenka to become a legitimate president in the eyes of the West; Russia’s money and Lukashenka’s position on the Ukraine will.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.