Nikolai Statkevich claims he has a short moment of glory that enables him to act
Presidential candidates have a ‘vacation’: the next time they come out to the public would be in the early September. What they are doing meanwhile is explored by Euroradio.fm. At the same time Nikolai Statkevich claims he has a short moment of glory that enables him to act. The big interview with the ex-political prisoner can as well be found on the website.
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.