Kremlin mouthpiece: Russophobia in full swing in Belarus, Maidan possible
A ‘rising tide of Russophobia in Belarus’ is a new boogieman for Russians. The allegation has powerful influence on public opinion and is skillfully fuelled by a number of news media.
"Youth radical groups - nationalists and football ‘ultras’ may call up no less that 15 hundreds for a maidan that is possible in Belarus. Of course, it is unlikely to happen under Lukashenka’s rule, but they are carefully preparing now. It is obvious that the authorities are having difficulty holding them back,” Andrey Herashchanka, Chairman of Vitsebsk-based public association ‘Russian House’ told news agency Regnum.
He recalled the recent qualifying match Belarus-Ukraine in Lviv: "They [fans] were shouting insults at the President of Russia, they demonstratively donated their blood to help fighters of the ATO. It was an orgy of nationalism. "
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.