Presidential candidate Anatol Lyabedzka answers ex-political prisoner Iryna Khalip
Anatol Lyabedzka, United Civic Party (UCP) candidate to president answered the articled by ex-political prisoner Iryna Khalip. Khalip is also a wife of an ex-candidate to President Andrei Sannikau who served a prison term after the elections of 2010. Khalip attacked Lyabedzka’s participation in the elections stating that by doing this Lyabedzka helps the regime to legitimize itself in the eyes of the West. Lyabedzka accused Khalip of lies stating that she fears Lyabedzka’s promotion campaign during the elections will work out.
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.