Observers from 16 OSCE countries will arrive in Minsk on August, 31
Observers from 16 OSCE countries will arrive in Minsk on August, 31, reports BelTA. 11 experts are already in Minsk, waiting for 36 more, reports TUT.BY. And these are only the long-term observers. The list of the experts can be found on the official OSCE/ODIHR website. 400 short-term observers will arrive right before the elections.
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.