Exiled Belarusian Opposition Activist Returns Ahead Of Election
Opposition activist Vyachaslau Siuchyk has returned to Belarus after five years of self-imposed exile in Ukraine, becoming the second government foe to come home ahead of an October 11 presidential election.
Siuchyk’s wife, mother, and friends met the activist at a train station in Minsk on September 15.
While he held out no hope for a free and fair election, Siuchyk suggested the political landscape could be shifting following Russia’s intervention in neighboring Ukraine, which has raised alarm about Moscow’s intentions in other ex-Soviet republics.
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.