Potential candidate Viktar Tsiareshchanka claims to have 105 thousand signatures collected in support of his candidacy
Potential candidate to presidency Viktar Tsiareshchanka claims to have gathered 105 thousand signatures in his support. If this claim is true he becomes the second person to gather more than 100 thousand signatures – the amount of signatures needed for being registered as a candidate - after the incumbent president Alexander Lukashenka.
Siarhei Haidukevich claims to have 87 thousand signatures, members of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s inititative group claim 75 thousand signatures, members of Nikolai Ulakhovich’s inititative group claim to have gathered 72 thousand signatures.
Fair World leader Kalyakin claims to have collected 54 thousand signatures, Anatol Lyabedzka claims to have 42 thousand signatures.
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.