The nomenclature continues its attempts to expand the political functions of "Belaja Rus"
At the extended meeting of the national council of the organisation, the chairman of the republican public association ‘Belaja Rus’ Alexander Rad’kov emphasised that so far, in Belarus, there is no political figure comparable with current President Alexander Lukashenko. Despite the fact that ‘Belaja Rus’ is a public association, representatives of the organisation targeted their regional structures at active involvement in the 2015 election campaign at all stages: starting with the formation of election commissions, through observation, nomination of candidates via collection of signatures and, finally, the canvassing campaign. It is noteworthy that the leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ announced their intentions to collect the required 100 thousand signatures in favour of the incumbent president within 5 days and cover all the polling stations across the country in terms of observation, which, under the existing conditions in Belarus, is a luxury that cannot be afforded by the majority of political parties on their own. The leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ has harboured desires to occupy a niche of the ‘party of power’ within the Belarusian political system for many years. However, President Lukashenko is still afraid of consolidation of the interests of the nomenclature within the framework of one organisation and does not allow for the significant strengthening of political functions of ‘Belaja Rus’.
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.