Fewer than five alternative candidates are likely to run for presidency in Belarus

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April 22, 2016 19:20

Not all potential candidates are likely to collect 100,000 signatures by August 21st, 2015 to support their nomination. For instance, Anatoly Lyabedzka’s Chief of Staff Lev Margolin said that the United Civic Party’s initiative group might not collect the required signatures and would use the remaining time until August 21st for campaigning. A similar situation is likely in the initiative group of Sergey Kalyakin. Representatives of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s initiative group said the required 100,000 signatures would be collected by the due date. According to the state TV, three alternative pro-government candidates – Sergei Gaydukevich, Vladimir Tereschenko and Nikolai Ulahovich would collect the required number of signatures.

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Minsk attempts to make up for image losses from military exercises by opening to Western values
October 02, 2017 11:49
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The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.

Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.

Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.

In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.

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