Nasha Niva visits the neighbors of potential candidates
Nasha Niva’s correspondent visited residences of potential candidates to presidency – Anatol Lyabedzka, Viktar Tsiareshchanka, Siarhei Kaliakin, Siarhei Haidukevich, and Tatsiana Karatkevich. The opinions of their neighbors in regards to their candidacies ranged from aggressive rejection to moderate approval. Karatkevich’s elderly neighbor, for example, told that Tatsiana was a very good girl, but she would vote for the incumbent president since “these are presidential elections, so we need to vote for the 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.