Minsk to restrict activity of Russian nationalists
SB - Belarus Today, the Presidential Administration newspaper, has published an article warning against the participation of Belarusian children in "military-patriotic camps" organised by Russian nationalists in collaboration with the Orthodox Church. Under the pressure of the opposition, the Belarusian authorities are forced to respond to excessive intensity of pro-Russian activists in Belarus. The government understands the dangers of such activity, but it has to act very cautiously. The state is ready to take measures to prevent separatist sentiments, however not by explicitly prohibiting such activities. The Belarusian authorities are carrying out a ‘soft belarusisation’ policy, which is blocked by the Russian World supporters in the echelons of power, who, perhaps, are equal in number with the supporters of Belarus’ independence.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.