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Authorities figure acceptable agenda for dialogue with civil society on Kurapaty

April 24, 2017 16:22

Нобелевскому лауреату Светлане Алексиевич звонили из Администрации президента с предложением возглавить комиссию по выбору варианта мемориала в Куропатах. Тема строительства мемориала в Куропатах вызывает напряженность с возможностью усиления взаимных обвинений внутри оппозиции по поводу приемлемости кооперации с властями по данному вопросу. Однако беларуское руководство формирует приемлемую повестку в отношениях с готовой к компромиссам частью оппозиции. Власти рассчитывают на снятие с оппозиционной повестки остроты социальных протестов и концентрации внимания на тематике декоммунизации, которые имеют противоречивые оценки среди населения и меньший резонанс, чем социальные протесты.

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