More than 600 observers are accredited at election commissions throughout Belarus
More than 600 observers are accredited at election commissions throughout Belarus, reports 1st Belarusian Channel. The biggest amount, around 500 people, are provided by non-governmental organizations , including the Trade Union Federation, “Belaya Rus” and Belarusian Republican Youth Union. Lidia Ermoshina, Chief of the Central Election Committee, has also mentioned that more than 40 billion Belarusian roubles (2 002 102 Euros – as of August 28, 2015) are allocated for the first round of presidential elections. For more, please visit: tvr.by.
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.