Belarusian Opposition Activist Defends Candidacy In Landslide Presidential Poll
The lone opposition candidate in Belarus’s presidential election earlier this month has defended her decision to run against authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka despite criticism that her participation may have been used to lend legitimacy to the poll.
Tatsyana Karatkevich, an activist with the Havary Pravdu (Tell the Truth) movement, said on October 22 that ignoring the election that Lukashenka won in a landslide would have made the opposition look no better than the government in the eyes of voters.
"We see how authorities today are actively ignoring the population and not respecting them," Karatkevich, who finished second with an official vote tally of 4 percent in the October 11 election, told a briefing at the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan research group based in Washington.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.