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”.
Before the elections, many publications dealt with the subject of reform in Belarus. The analysis revolved around the post-Soviet space analysing the explicit degradation of the era of a commodity economy. This means that all these states will have to change, including Belarus.
Minsk has already signalled by its actions its intention to change many things in its economy and politics. It is not only about its participation in the Ukrainian events. Belarus has taken seriously the optimisation of economic processes.
In terms of the Belarusian ruling elite, the words “reforms” and “reformism” are almost identical to the word “evil”. For Lukashenka, a declaration about the need for “structural reforms” would be equal to a declaration “I have been wrong, and my policy is inefficient”. Instead of these “bad” words, Lukashenka uses “modernisation”, “development”, ‘improvement”, “transformation” and other similar words.