The state is increasingly concerned with the patriotic education of the youth
At the seventh plenary session of the Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy of CIS the interim Belarusian secretary of the Security Council Stanislau Zas’ underlined that during the last few years the feeling of patriotism in the Russian society has grown immensely. At the same time despite the attempts of the Belarusian authorities to promote “deep patriotism” as a state ideology the level of loyalty of the population to the state raises concerns – especially in the context of the conflict in the Ukraine and a deep split caused by it within the Belarusian society. However, Belarusian authorities attempt to adopt the rhetoric of their opponents on the value of independence and sovereignty. Despite that fact the authorities are still not ready to allow citizens to influence state policies more actively.
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.