Siarhei Haidukevich: I will never gather you for a rally
’Long live Belarus!’ were the words that Haidukevich used too end his speech on state television as a presidential candidate.
Haidukevich was the first of the presidential hopefuls to speak on state TV.
One of the highlights of Haidukevich’s speech were his words:
“I can tell you honestly – there is a lot of good things being done in this country during these years. I want to say “thank you so much” to Aliaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka…”
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.