Who is Mikalai Ulakhovich and who stands behind him?
Naviny.by publishes a biography of Mikalai Ulakhovich – a leader of Belarusian Patriotic Party and a "Cossack" leader.
Belarusian Patriotic Party is unknown in Belarus, it does not exist in the Internet, does not have its own website and its office is closed in the middle of presidential campaign.
Ulakhovich published his own newspaper in the 90s – called “Lichnost’” (“Personality”). Among other things the newspaper wrote that the Nazi concentration camps were built by rich Jews and called for the creation of a new Orthodox Soviet Union.
Ulakhovich declines to comment as to why he is running for president – he just says that “such an opportunity appeared”.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.