Tatsiana Karatkevich claims to have gathered required 100 thousand signatures
"Tell the truth" activist Tatsiana Karatkevich became the fourth potential candidate to president who claimed to have gathered 100 thousand signatures - a required number to be registered.
Karatkevich thanked volunteers and members of her team, while also giving special praise to Siarhei Kalyakin and Anatol Lyabedzka - the two other candidates she called ’democratic’. She underlined that they are aiming at "the same big cause".
She underlined that she participates in the campaign in order to spread the idea of peaceful changes.
Earlier, initiative teams of Lukashenka, Haidukevich, and Kalyakin claimed to have gathered 100 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.