Sluggish interest to the upcoming presidential elections
Sluggish interest to the upcoming presidential elections and the apathetic attitude towards almost anything related to politics is explored in the opinion-piece by Artiom Shreibman, TUT.BY political observer. The long-read is reach in links and provides the overview on current pre-election climate in Belarus. For those hunting for more comments it might be worth listening to online broadcast of the TUT.BY TV project this afternoon. The main issue is should we perceive the release of the political prisoners as the bargain point with the EU, or is it something more than that (broadcast in Russian).
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.