Leader of the United Civic Party gathers propositions at finding a new job for Alexander Lukashenka
United Civic Party’s candidate Anatol Lyabedzka picketed “Zamak” mall near the newly built Palace of Independence - the newest residency of Alexander Lukashenka. The picket was directed against the infamous “tax on social parasites” and aimed at “finding a new job for Alexander Lukashenka”. People passing by had a chance to write down their own proposition for a new job for the incumbent president.
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.