Foreign observers start monitoring the election campaign
The chase for getting the 100 000 signatures for the presidential candidates is almost over. The deadline for submitting the whole lot is August, 21. Belarusian state television explores the situation and provides feedback from the foreign observers that start monitoring of the election campaign.
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.