Tatsiana Karatkevich gives a speech on Belarusian state TV
Political commentator Valer Karbalevich commented the first speech of Tatsiana Karatkevich, “Tell the Truth!” candidate at the presidential election on Belarusian state TV.
He claimed that the candidate didn’t disappoint him – she talked to camera without reading from the paper in a calm and consistent manner.
According to Karbalevich, that was definitely an oppositional speech – Karatkevich pointed out to the economic crisis in Belarus and criticized the regime harshly.
She also presented her ways how Belarus can start to grow economically again – but Karbalevich points out that this was the weakest point of her speech.
Overall, Karatkevich wrote that “a public oppositional politician was born”.
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.