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A Year on From a Stolen Election, Alexander Lukashenko Remains in Power
"In august twenty twenty protesters took to the streets in belarus following a presidential election. There that almost no one trusted but more than a year after that the man often referred to as europe's last dictator alexander lukashenko remains in power and opposition leaders fed lonard seek sky is still in exile in lithuania with top officials in her political party sentenced to prison just yesterday. Even though observers say seeking of sky was the rightful winner of that election. So where do things stand now. And how are christians faring. World's european correspondent jenny lynn schmidt reports in the years since protests filled. The streets of many belarussians watched in dismay as the nation's troubles faded from the international spotlight. That changed in may when alexander lukashenko forced a flight from greece to lithuania to land in belarus authorities boarded. The plane arrested opposition journalist. Remind pro to save sage and his girlfriend sofia so paige and threw them in jail. The european union and the united states quickly imposed sanctions lukashenko retaliated by releasing migrants across the border into the eu. Hannah luebbe cova is a journalist from minsk and a fellow with the atlantic council. The regime came up with this idea to bring migrants from iraq or other countries to belarus. And then help them to cross the border authorities. Lithuanian poland have reported seeing belarussian guards. Forcefully push migrants into their countries last week. Poland declared a state of emergency for two provinces as more than thirty. Two hundred migrants tried to cross from belarus illegally. Well of course it was revenge from look. Shane pick you wanted to. This is the situation. You wanted to artificially create a crisis on the border with boroughs. But luke says that means western sanctions are working. Lukashenko's recent release. A few political prisoners is another sign. Baluba cova says the sanctions have loopholes. That be closed
Belarus Opposition Leader Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
"A court in belarus has sentenced one of the country's most prominent opposition activists to eleven years in prison on the grounds of trying to overthrow the state. Npr's charles means has details from moscow. In a video posted from the courtroom in minsk maria kolesnikova could be seen making a heart shape symbol with their hands and smiling while wearing handcuffs. Thirty nine year old professional flute player kolesnikova was among the trio of women who led opposition movement against longtime strongman alexander lukashenka during presidential elections last year when lukashenko claimed a landslide victory despite evidence of vote-rigging hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand an end to his rule yet lukashenka has held on thanks to a government. Crackdown that scene. Over thirty thousand arrests kolesnik of was one of the few opposition figures who refused to flee abroad. Charles means npr news. Moscow
Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. Expected to Miss 2021 Season Following Meniscus Surgery
"I have an update and i learned that i trust my instincts more frequently. This her adam schefter just now twitting viking site. An irv smith underwent surgery to repair his minsk's this morning and with a four to five months recovery timetable. It is most likely to end his season per sources so the writing was indeed on the wall. Unfortunately herb smith thanks to be clear. We didn't have that news when we were talking about it. I'm sure the vikings certainly knew that was headed their way when they traded for chris
Russia Tells US to Expect ‘Uncomfortable’ Signals Ahead of Putin-Biden Summit
"Rattling from Russia this Memorial Day, his minister of defense, said the United States should expect some quote uncomfortable signals from Russia and the coming days. Ahead of the summit scheduled for Presidents Biden and Putin in Geneva, mid June. Russia would form 20 new military units around its Western edge is before the end of the year to counter act what he calls NATO expansion. The U. S has been pressing Russia on human rights abuses, among other issues. This is Russia plans for joint military exercises with Belarus in the fall. Russia's support for Belarussian president especially after a flight was forced to divert to Minsk last week, apparently so a dissident could be picked off it. Is another bone of contention with the West.
Biden Administration to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Diverted Flight
"Says it will impose further sanctions against Belarus after last Sunday's force diversion to Minsk of a commercial airliner. The incident resulted in the detention of an opposition journalist and his girlfriend. Ellie McConnell reports. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the events of last Sunday a direct affront to international norms, She said the events took place amid an escalating wave of repression by the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. In response, the United States will reimpose sanctions against nine Belarusian state and enterprises blocking US citizens from any transactions with, um it will also work with the European To draw up a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Lukashenka administration associated with human rights abuses and corruption, the falsification of the 2020 election on the events off last Sunday President
U.S. Drawing up Targeted Sanctions on Belarus Officials After Plane Incident
"Against Belarus after it forced to commercial aircraft to divert to Minsk and act which resulted in the detention of an opposition journalist and his girlfriend. Ellie McConnell reports the White House press secretary. In response, the United States will reimpose sanctions against nine Belarusian state and enterprises blocking US citizens from any transactions with, um it will also work with the European Union and other allies to draw up a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Lukashenka administration. President Biden has announced his first annual
Air France, Austrian Flights Canceled as Russia Denies Belarus Bypass
"Air france and austrian airlines have both had to cancel services after their flight plans were rejected by moscow will for more on this. I'm joined by mark audie. Who's the principal director at my intelligence and a senior associate fellow at the royal united services institute in london and i'm also joined by multiple twenty four security correspondent ben. Ben i'll start with you Maybe can you deconstruct this for us. A little just we're supposed to be getting back into the air Airlines are very excited that they can of course be getting passengers and crisscrossing oliver europe We have this Small blockade or certainly some aircraft to have been turned around to entering russian aerospace It's quite unfortunate timing isn't it but it's all part of a wider context so we all remember that sundays saw this shocking version of a ryanair flight to minsk in belarus and the arrest of one passenger in opposition journalists and the us immediate sanctions were banning belarus in alliance from landing in the eu and ordering airlines to avoid belarussian aspects since then bellarusse is a whole on the radar. Almost can make out the the borders of the country on a map. Because there's no flights above it. It also meant that. Some flights between the eu and russia had to change routes and apparently now russian authorities are unwilling to accept that and declined those flights by f. haas genera. It isn't entirely clear. Why it's only those airlines and whether there are technically shoes to blame related to these route changes or if there are mostly political motivations for example signaling that russia standard belarus and that it's flexing its muscles and emphasizing the importance of its aviation market an airspace
Belarus Plane Diversion: How It Happened
"It was last sunday morning. In athens apple passengers are waiting for ryan ryanair flight to vilnius lithuania and among them was the twenty six year-old blocker roman prosser vetch and his twenty three year. Old girlfriend sofia paika. They were almost on the plane when he noticed that there is a man who might have followed him and who tried to take pictures of his documents and he immediately texted his friends. All mia hobart overpass. Oval doesn't but those kind of translated into english remain had written. Ll telling his friend. It seemed the security services. Were following me at the apple and even tried to photograph my comments. It's not certain he added but in any case that's some suspicious shit so the plane left for venues and when they were about fifteen minutes before landing still on the territory of belarus. The plane diverted. The reason for the diversion was a message from air. Traffic control in minsk belarus where there were claims of bomb threat for security reasons. We command you to land and from the from the intonation trump airport. Security's off Informed the email the pilot was told to land. it was some very abrupt. It was very violent and many passengers felt that the plane might actually go down so the cared and all of a sudden one passengers reaction especially stood out. Ramon started panicking and he tried to give his phone and his laptop to his girlfriend. He has a lot of contacts among bloggers and activists and he knew that security forces would must certainly confiscate his laptop his his phone so he started to deliver any data from his devices
From out of Thin Air: Belarus Dissidents' Fates
"Belarus is facing mounting pressure over its detainment of dissident journalist remond porta savage and his girlfriend sofia pay last night. Mississauga appeared in a video. Ostensibly confessing to publishing information about belarusian officials but looking extremely uncomfortable. Let's here on sunday. The country's president alexander lukashenko had ordered the payers flight from greece to lithuania to be diverted to belarus's capital. Minsk were arrested mr. His mother. Natalia has called on the international community to help. I said that. The person giving american president joe biden has called belarus's actions outrageous and i love. Underline president of the european commission said there would be new sanctions on belarus. This is an attack on democracy. This is an attack on freedom of expression and this is an attack on european sovereignity and this outrageous behavior needs a strong answer but putting meaningful pressure on. The regime won't be easy. It was very clear from the beginning that this was ordered by alexander lukashenko himself the president. The dictator of belarus ruled it for twenty. Six years are cutting ostrovsky. Economists russia editor to international audience. They said there was a bomb alert. They received an email over tanner's threat so the instructed the pilots to make a u-turn and landed minsk airport. No explosive obviously found because none were ever planted for the domestic audience. Interestingly enough there was a different message a few days earlier one of the security chiefs and belarus said they were going to hunt down all the opposition leaders who they consider to be
E.U. Agrees to Impose Sanctions on Belarus
"The european union is still attempting to calibrate the punishment appropriate to the state ordered hijacking of civilian airliner flying between two of its capitals in response to bert belarus's bewildering excursion into air piracy. On sunday the eu has banned belarusian from european skies and promised further sanctions roman protest the belarusian journalists removed from the ryanair aircraft. After it was forced to land in minsk has appeared in video apparently under some giresse non joined with more on this alex culture of risk analyst focused on russia ukraine belarus and eurasia at h. s. market alex. First of all a bill. Russian state media is reporting the order to crown. The plane was directly from president lukashenko's. So it's clear that he wants to be associated with this action isn't yet clear to the rest of us what he thinks he's doing a won't think from perspective of lukashenka it's clearly a very successful Operation by special forces In which they into subsets A person who from Soup from november last year was on the belarussian list of known terrorists so This is probably his way of thinking. We managed to get Ah terrorist and get him detained and And now he will face He will face punishment
Belarus 'Diverts Ryanair Flight to Arrest Journalist', Opposition Says
"Authorities scrambled a fighter jet and flagged what turned out to be a full spam alert to force orion airplane to land on sunday and then detained opposition minded journalist who was on board during condemnation from europe and the united states in what was described by some e you leaders as a hijacking. The passenger plane flying from athens to lithuania were suddenly diverted to minsk the capital of belarus escorted there by a soviet era. Mig twenty nine fighter jet on its landing. authorities journalists roman protas savage into custody productivity had his head in his hands and was shaking when he realizes the flight was headed for minsk. Lithuania's delfi news outlet said quoting passenger later as lead away. According to the report he remarked all the death penalty here. The twenty six year old journalist worked for poland based online new service nexta which will cost of mass protests against belarussian president alexander lukashenko last year via the telegram messenger app at a time when it was hard for foreign media to do so pro to seven who now works for different telegram channel could mover is wanted in belarus on extremism charges and stands accused of organizing mass riots and of inciting social hatred allegations. He denies data showed. The plane was diverted just two minutes before. It was due to cross into lithuanian espace. Us foreign relations committee chairman. Bob menendez issued a statement with the heads of seven european parliamentary foreign affairs panels denouncing the force landing as an act of piracy. They called for a ban. On all overflights of belarus including to and from the country and for nato and easy you states to impose sanctions and suspend better russa's ability to use interpol poll. The us demanded a full investigation of an action. They said endangered the lives of the passengers including us citizens
World Reacts to Belarus Plane ‘Hijacking’ and Arrest of Journalist
"Alexander Lukashenko. And forced to change course to the capital of Belarus, Minsk where the prominent journalist Roman protest, Savage was seized. The action has variously been described as a state hijacking that was the Greek Foreign Ministry on active state terrorism that was the Polish prime minister. German, he said it could not remain without a clear consequence on the French have called for firm and four a firm and unified response. That's your first from two passengers who were on that flight, talking about the journalist Roman pretty Savage and his reaction when he found out the plane was being diverted to Minsk. You seen your harness from, say, significance of this morning, He said nothing. He just turned two people and said he was facing the death penalty. He was nervous at first, but later when he understood he couldn't change anything. He calmed down and accepted it. The chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, condemned the actions, saying Sunday's events amounted to state sponsors sponsored piracy. He made his comments in an interview with the Independent Irish radio station used talk. This was a case of state sponsored I was a state sponsored hijack your state sponsored piracy and but unfortunate can't say much about it because the EU authorities and NATO are dealing with at the moment. We're debriefing. The crews are Cruise did a phenomenal job to get that aircraft and almost all the passengers out of Minsk After six hours, I think was very fighting for the crew for the passengers who were held under armed guard have their bags searched on when it was clear it appears that the intent of the Russian authorities was too Remove a journalist and his traveling companion on you know, we believe there was also some KGB agents offloading off the aircraft as well. Michael O'Leary was speaking to news hour on Sunday. Belarus is opposition leader Svetlana taken off Sky Air, who many recognizes the winner off presidential polls last year
Club-wielding police in Belarus arrest over 500 protesters
"Police in belarus are swinging clubs at demonstrators for ninety days. Straight have been demanding the resignation of the country's president today thousands of people tried to enter the centre of minsk but the area was cordoned off with armored vehicles. Protesters believe the results of the august. Election were manipulated.
Belarus 'people’s ultimatum' protest met with violent crackdown
"Thousands of people again marched peacefully through Belarus's capital, Minsk, demanding Alexander Lukashenko leave power. The protests appeared to be the biggest in weeks they were to back up on ultimatum from the opposition. The Lukashenko either step down by Sunday night or face a national strike. The authorities answer was unmistakable. Police attacked the end of the protest for the barrage of stun grenades. This's ABC News
Belarus protests: Nationwide strike to go ahead, says opposition leader
"Services in Belarus of fired stun grenades at demonstrators in the capital Minsk, who are calling for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. They have been reports that riot police have also fired rubber bullets. The opposition says there'll be a general strike on Monday.
Belarus: Dozens arrested as police blast protesters with water cannon
"Riot police in Belarus have deployed water cannon and stun grenades to break mouse protests in the capital. Minsk demonstrations gripped the country since Alexander Lukashenko's disputed election victory in August. But critics say the authorities are now routinely using violence to suppress political dissent will join in studio here in Zurich by monocle twenty, four security correspondent. Ben. Ben Who is also a researcher at the. Center for Security. Studies at eight here in Zurich and is an expert on Bellarusse good afternoon. Welcome to the roofing. Thanks can often and tyler. Let's start as this is something that we've been living with since August and like many things with the news agenda other stories have overtaken Belarus in away but bring us up to date on really what is happening. As we said, we've seen obviously what is seen as as a spike in violence by the government but where where do we stand right now? Indeed. This is the yesterday was the tenth Sunday of protests including election, Sunday? Exactly ten weeks ago that we've seen massive protests in better than we talking hundred thousand people or more particularly in the capital means but in other cities across the country, the thing is it's probably hasn't has hasn't been in the headlines as much as in previous weeks is that indeed, there has sadly not been any political progress that these this protest movement has achieved, the government keeps cracking down. On protests and this Sunday was yet again, more violent than previous Sundays. So we've seen disturbing videos of people being beaten up in the streets in prisons and hundreds of arrests set again including lots of journalists you mentioned that this is it's it's nationwide and but of course, obviously, the focus is probably on the capital. Are there other areas where you would say that also that there is more attention to you see greater agitation towards frontiers or anywhere else in the country? Sutton in the foreign policy realm, we've seen an escalation as in the EU and contacting you for ministers are discussing sanctions against betters on this very day we've seen this realm escalating in a sentence number of countries have not only enacted sanctions against Belarus officials. We've also seen nine countries currently pulling back staring Bassedas from as a signal of discontent. So that's certainly an escalation and that includes all of Belarus neighbors apart from Russia including, for example, Ukraine with which relations have so far been actually quite quite quite cozy, and this is certainly an escalation. Domestically, we actually shouldn't even talk about the tenth Sunday of protests which was yesterday, but maybe about the sixty four, th day of protests because we focus on these massive rallies in the capital as you said, but as local activism across the country and particularly local neighborhoods where people probably feel more safe from government repression and there's been for anywhere from concerts, small gatherings, distributing leaflets, hanging out flags, these white red white flags of the opposition that we've seen everywhere and even honking by bus drivers honking bye-bye trains. There's these many quiet signs of solidarity that Belarussians have. Given each other over these weeks. But indeed, no political progress whatsoever as someone who's spent time in the country what do you think the the political divide looks like I say political divide. I mean for the man and woman on the street are we talking about? Could you say there's a twenty thirty percent hard line know super pro Lukashenko backer of versus the rest of the country countrymen. Do you see people buy into the vision and he'd it's obviously very hard to say because we lack reliable survey data this moment but there is room about exactly these twenty to thirty percent which are still staunch supporters of Lukashenka, and that can. Be for very material reasons because they owe their positions in government jobs or the social benefits. This very government I would doubt though that these would be the people who would go out and rally in his favor because I think I've said it in the past as well about Belarussians that tend to be quite pragmatic because there is so little way to voice wants political opinion. that. They look they have the need to make ends meet and that certainly a factor. But what we can tell the shore is that there's a majority that is unhappy with the way the country is ruled and with his person in particular maybe less. So with the political system as such but certainly, with Lukashenka, he's lost all legitimacy in the eyes of majority of Belarussians. How they behave in their everyday life is certainly a different story. We we only see in the end, a minority that goes out to protest and shows their faces. Towards to authorities because obviously, they will become a target of repression and we've seen so many instances of arrests. Also of people being snatched from their own homes from the streets of from. So people are hesitating but the certainly majority that wants to see taint change and won't have any to emphasize everyone so far is peaceful apart from state security forces and that's quite remarkable given. It's been months since the protests that we haven't seen any escalation on that end if we turn to Brussels and e ministers, the discussion that they will be having today the the probably having it right now. Aside from recalling ambassadors, which is, of course, is is wonderful symbolism but I guess when we talk about potential sanctions, one would be thinking clearly economic where can the EU and well I, mean I guess. The. The first point we have to recognize as well that there is an a manufacturing base there are a number of big companies are you based companies that manufactured Belarus the not probably slapping not right at the front of or at least that made in Belarus on the front of their labels but nevertheless, you do have an economic base which is based on manufacturing what, what can e you do and how hard will the EU push on sanctions Indeed so so far we've seen sanctions against the vigil individuals to say we've seen in the past as well. So we talk ministers, we tone security heads of security forces currently not look Shaneco himself, but that may change, for example, German foreign minister, high comas also for sanctions against Lukashenko. Deed this very limited political signals that the US currently sending can send whereas economic sanctions as you indicate, that could particularly be restrictions for access to capital same as a sanctions against Russia. In certain areas those would certainly hurt the regime more particularly the. Elite that is still dependent on Lukashenko as well and the state-owned enterprises that are important factor in Belarus the problem with that, and that's really the pickle you for ministers are in first of all this hurts. European. Companies probably negligible but second, it hurts workers in Belarus themselves. People working in it in factories, they will lose their jobs, they will lose their income and the only access to capital to investment. will be left for Belarussian authorities will be. Russia. So this dependence on Russia is already. So high would only increase and that's part of the hesitation of EU officials indeed to enact such broad sanctions that will not hurt the public but also make Belarus more dependent on Russia and just before we go, you're finishing up a paper on the Belarus topic right now as well. will it be available for listeners to consume when it to hit screens? It will certainly be published anytime soon we haven't. Put pitcher with a specific institution it but it will be on Belarussian civil society, which indeed is very tricky because we've seen in a way the remake awakening of civil society these days but this decentralized nature is grassroots movement that we see is so strong. It's so convincing box decentralized nature lack of organization lack of centralized leadership is actually part of their weakness as well. So. We're looking at that how does protest move and translate into political force? Begnaud, Zog for you Bennasar, our security correspondent here in Europe
What's the deal in Kyrgyzstan?
"The being few short remains for foreign observers of a given event to be clown themselves than by drawing convenient comparisons we should probably banish any suggestion that what is happening in Kingston has anything much in common with what has been happening in Belarus. There are granted superficial similarities, lodge crowds of citizens who aren't buying the result of a recent election and amount of violence between protesters and police but recent events in Belarus are actually pretty straightforward overstaying tyrant Riggs won election to many demonstrations and the present standoff ensue. Kingston. Is some several layers more complicated and seems poised for a more decisive and dramatic? K. Gaston voted in parliamentary election on Sunday. This was not necessarily predestined to be a Hollow Mockery K. Gaston previous parliamentary election in two thousand fifteen pretty decent reviews from international observers on Freeness and fairness fronts certainly by the generally would be gone standards of Central Asia. This is was different not least because this really doesn't happen. Often the governing party didn't turn up Kingston Social Democratic. Party was stunned by loyalties divided between Kingston's current President Surin by Jeenbekov and he's predecessor Almaz atom by of the two former have fallen out badly in recent years to the extent that last August automobile was arrested and this past June sentenced to eleven years in the clink on corruption charges. As of Monday morning Adam Beyer was a man thanks to the crowds which stormed the National Security Committee building in Bishkek with the former president was being held former Prime Minister John Toro Sati Baldev also on the hook on corruption charges will sprung in similar circumstances. According to official results only four parties of the sixteen contested Sunday's election past the threshold of seven percent necessary to take seats in Kigali stands parliament the Supreme Council three of these parties protesters could not help but notice enjoyed the favour of president. Jeenbekov, who was widely believed to have had his thumb on the scales protests on Monday morning started small and peaceful grew larger and Rowdier, and by Monday evening had taken the parliament building set bits of it on fire and set about redecorating the surrounding streets with ransacked documents. Giga Stan does have an amount of foam for this sort of thing in two thousand and five mass protests which eventually became known as the Tulip Revolution. Forced President Askar Akayev from office. He is now a mathematics professor at Moscow State University in two thousand and ten his successor. Kurmanbek Bakiyev also skipped the country with an angry mob at his heels he was lost heard of. In Minsk begin with breaking news in Kirghistan, the prime minister has resigned. Vert list of is leaders overthrown by popular acclaim. Now appears to have been joined by Prime Minister Cutback Borakove who resigned after the positive results of Sunday's election were annulled by electoral authorities nominated. Piece, in the country and stability in society is more important than any politicians mandates. Suggests that the central. Election Committee thoroughly investigate any violations during the election process. That's a no the result if necessary. I asked political leaders to calm the voters and ask them to take part in gathering. As, this explainer went to wear President Jeenbekov precise whereabouts on certain was also making these sort of statements of willingness to pass power along to responsible new leaders. That one issues is one shovels, the contents of the state treasury into one's Portman toes and frantically oldest one's pilot to fire up the engines and seek clearance for landing in some capital. Four, it's interesting extradition treaties. Possibly significantly President Jeenbekov found the time earlier today to convey birthday greetings to President Vladimir. Putin of Russia volunteering ernest appreciation of Putin's it says here, great contribution and constant attention to the consistent expansion and development of cages Russian multifaceted ties. Custodians Parliament has installed a new prime minister Saadia drop her off another politician who was in prison time last week, it very much remains to be seen how long he'll lost with the parliament buildings still occupied by protesters. Mr Japan was appointed at an emergency meeting in Bishkek hotel, which he had to leave virus service entrance. Once his presence became public knowledge the crowd still filling the streets and squares of Bishkek seen Kina until I talked to Gassiev, a businessman who trades in your shaped greenhouses and is also a representative of a younger generation of caregivers politicians. He is claiming the mantle of the head of government. As to what happens next, it may become important that to external players in particular will be hoping that what happens next? Little as possible Russia maintains a military airbase account in Gaston north China which borders Kingston to the south is a major trading partner. As, both will understand however, an as another cohort of caregivers politicians are presently learning the hard
Tens of thousands rally in Minsk, police use water cannon
"Another Day of massive street demonstrations in the Belorussian capital. Minsk tens of thousands of protesters continued demand, President Alexander Lukashenko. Step down charging his reelection in August was rigged and demanding political prisoners be freed police responded by turning water cannons on them.
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"SANITA to say this. The all of this has sparked even more resistance because peaceful protesters were met with fullest deliberately jailed even the a lot of people who are just nearby were going. To do their own saying they were just randomly taken in jail. All of this has been in the public eye People have their position has just completely started growing and uniting on the law. So. With the election elections approaching nearby everybody was concerned that the votes wouldn't be protected at all. And that Oh, there was no way to know the true results because the election committees would falsify results anyways. How local? Commissions. Of the there are some audio recordings off exactly how the emissions where falsifying new, where falsifying their results, even logo commissions and will we don't really have any means of tracking the higher ones But there were what else Waste proposed? To. Take a look at how many which we have. So, for instance we have. preliminary voting like up preliminary but The official day of the elections was on the ninth of August, but you could also vote on the days before. So a lot of people wanted to become observers of the situation. to observe how many people were going in and out of the. Out of the election. Election Commissions. And also how And also people started an independent platform old voice where people were encouraged to take votes all to take pictures all. Of Their Apis once they were, they voted on and submit them to a independence telegram. Bought that boots calculates the overall results. And it's actually a platform that received over a million people although it has been somewhat somewhat compromised as far as I know and we still haven't heard of any of the results that. They gathered unfortunately. Yeah. But people weren't guards to a lot of things to show that they were voting for the opposition such as well. White Bracelets, and also fold their spouse, their their ballots in a very specific manner to show the commission that you know. You can see how they folded. You can see how many people op force with lava. So there's no way you could count eighty percent of the votes Volga Schenken of..
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"The funny thing is a when it came to. Discussing the registration of candidates. When that day came Buddy Co was actually not registered based on a recommendation from the bureau all forensic invents investigations. And let me remind you the in charge of the Bureau of the forensic investigation is the president. So essentially, he wasn't registered by. He was jailed by President and he wasn't allowed to become a candidate based. On the decision of the organization controlled by the president. And the head of the Central Election Committee is also is also chosen by the president so she didn't register him. So. This is. Big Basically, publicly known. And and everybody knows this and then they go into an election with. Who knows? He could have even one maybe it would have been close or something like that. But he. You know he gets eighty percent of the vote. And and you have the riots and. The protests and everything because everybody in the country pretty much especially just in minks are is like there is no way she only. Spent long got. Fourteen percent of the vote. Another candidate that I mentioned previously, it's Also had a really popular campaign. It wasn't as actively an opposed there wasn't opposed the controversy, but he was wasn't filing like any procedures against the president or say or spreading information about the stuff that's been happening. But he wasn't registered at the earlier point. He wasn't registered as a candidate because he didn't officially. Get One. Hundred Gay signatures he did wake over one hundred gay in fact, but a lot of those signatures were deemed as fake by the Election Committee and this is a real interesting situation as well. It goes. How exactly do you recognize that a signature is fake for somebody you know? You. The data of the people who put those signatures is elected their addresses that phone numbers and stuff, and also their signatures. So it's easy to like. Coal Somebody and ask, did you did you sign for this guy and person is GonNa say Yeah I did or no I didn't. But the Election Committee Took like maybe hassled hairs, it may not have..
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"We Roy need to rely heavily on other orders for at least now until we build our own strong economy goes amb IBM none of those measures taken by the president in. In that time, they haven't really addressed the economical issues they've been simply boring from other countries but never really. Making our own strong economy, and it's been supported by award of independence research on the Internet. Essentially, all of the businesses at will of companies for all kinds of work in our country, they are controlled by the government. and. The most of the small businesses that are willing to thought and thus dot in our country they are also regulated by the government severely regulated. Taxes you have to adjust to a water conditions about starting your own small business and here. Even. Even even any kind of foreign support is still taxed like I talked to one girl. Who worked as an interpreter for some? Qassam company. Making, translations of Volunteers volunteer organizations. And a lot of volunteer organizations are not really willing to support Bill Russo in terms of. In terms of I mean. In terms of conducting their their stuff in here they. And the reason for that is because the needs to take care of literally everything of the entire organization process they need to buy venues, they need to transport people they need to pay for combinations and stuff and you even if they're willing to invest money into something like Branson's jet educating people about some kind of. Coming here, educating them about a problem than they have to do it completely on their own, and they also have to pay taxes or the amount of money that they are willing to invest. So for instance, if they are willing to invest one million dollars into conducting. Some kind of charity organization in here. Then the also have to pay taxes on that one million dollars as well, which is, which is absolutely unheard of a they're trying to help the country somehow and they are still being taxed for. Using their own money to do anything in this country how how much tax do you guys pay you if you could guess? officially fishery it's like. The income tax is about twelve maybe fourteen issues percents right now, I a the number slipped my mind. It was always like twelve percent in my mind is. but it's may be higher right now I'm not one hundred percent. Sure. Yes. I just want to kind.
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"So it's like He is perceived in a better lights. And also if Russia John forcefully take apart of Ukraine themselves and the same exact thing can happen to go reuss. Do. You Russia's trying to get their hands on Belarus. I am not sure Let me put it like this Russia has been known for conducting major information wars Muslim anything. A. Lot of. There's been a bottle of video that's been recommended by a lot lately about a former Russian KGB leader who talks about subversion tactics like hell to. Manipulate and disintegrate the society. How To essentially. Suppress any kind of regime and halted culturally destroy a country. Though. Russia is very cunning like it's not going to do go into direct conflict it's lot smarter about its means of animation. And in my opinion, there's been a lot of. Manipulation in this campaign. Like most of the news must've the news that are published. They come from sources outside of the country like the major, the biggest. Source of information about Belarus right now is a telegram next. And gloomy the leaders of the organizers Ovid oscillated in Oland. But. I don't believe that they're affiliated somehow was Russia Poland but Abuts They are definitely of filtering information through like in a in a way that is convenient for them. That is going to be the protesters. Interesting. Than not all of the information is be late like most of the things that are go let are posted there. They believe to be true like at least agents ninety percent of them. because it's still a platform that is organized by the people. So most of the news are. Taken from us. They are submitted by people all the pictures taken by the people from those riots they had taken from Independent. Press And They just go to the information, which is a pretty much convenient and actually anybody can influence that information but. not the government. They are not going to post any pro-lukashenko style know obviously. Even on their, there are very few videos of people shitting rights police in we know that there are also. They're also dump people who are hitting the The right Lisa's will not an aggression from just want side but this on the other as well. But this, there's very little footage of. Of that actually happening and it's also showing in a positive light. Like violence. Violence, but in a positive manner, which is still not good. Not a good way of showing violence..
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"And in our country, it's nowhere near that like not been indoctrinated to a full extent like. If, you just live by yourself, but don't support the government then you're free to leave by itself. So long as the government trains. But. If you're actually organizing protests and such than you're going to get detained jailed beaten spread false rumors than you're likely to get things done. Like our thaw, our independence of thought is not been suppressed but our. Our actions are being severely punished or and you can see that in the riots like the movements for the women's for the opposition have existed for a very long time but they have taken very small action up until now they were when they were taking action. They were Tanaka they were jailed they were repressed and so on and so forth. But those movements have always existed. Away Interesting. So Well, the loss thing that I want to address regarding the personality and we're GONNA finish this block of information and start getting closer to what the problem was elections have always been. Is Actually where oldest problems come from. We can't really know for sure when things went dog or person I mean he's caused is in the public eye and a lot of it just being covered obviously. but he had no real following growing up. So you know no father figure in the family and nobody even really knew his author it's just said that he bailed twin. was born. One of those problems comes from the family. It's like even the Mazda has herself. She didn't really know the father while she didn't know who was. Is a warning sign. Say The least. so He's father was never legitimately known and I don't believe that this is a healthy environment for anybody to grow up in. A all of those psychiatric issues come from a person's childhood and And it's Developmental Molin anything in my opinion. also the diagnosis was like isn't taken out of nowhere you was actually. Diagnosed. As moderates moderate. Psycho. Pissy once. And it's also one of the reasons that he was that he he was. Excluded from the army like he worked in military for a while but he won when used got out that he had a psychiatric diagnosis..
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"It's it's almost impossible to suppress now, which I believe is a good thing. Is. One of the things that also appeal to he's aggregated personality in my opinion is oh, the media coverage of it it goes there. Ever since he became the president, there's also been heavy censorship old. Of the news, essentially, every news channel that is enjoyed it in our country undergoes government regulation there it's a school they make sure that nothing that contradicts puts the president in the past light. is going on live so all the newspapers saw. In them is government controlled all the T. V.'s government controlled and Even when certain protests occurred there wasn't as much information about them to go around all the bath things were happening none of those. None of those things really sold a massive lights day of them went. And I think that one of the reasons that such A. Strategic such violent regimes or such I mean inhumane regimes as North Korea and China one of the reasons I think they still kind of Frostburg they I mean China is kind of on the brink of making some changes in Hong Kong but. the but. Even, there meet even their riots where as successful even though they were by far the most advanced in my opinion in the world. So the reason the reason for that is because those countries sense literally everything like in our country the Internet was allowed to prosper just like that and everybody started using it. But in other countries in North Korea others and in China, there's very heavy censorship of the Internet. People people are more disconnected from the outside world and also mulcahy's connected from what is actually happening inside of the country. Yeah. I actually had a conversation on my last episode about and. The unfortunate thing is I was able to talk hurt my guests wasn't able to speak too much on it because of fears of getting fired and. and. Deported back to the USA. So. It's Yeah.
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"And it's funny because he actually publicly admitted also that one of the election was also fide bucks bought in He said, the results will low would in fact. The quote goes something like The quote goes something like exists It's like People people pressured me into ducting more European elections. You know like maybe like the USA where trump and Clinton there was a really small difference between between the votes was like, yeah if dish forty, nine ish or something like this yeah is close. It goes really closed and then he. He was like want European elections where there isn't such a vast difference between between all the candidates and he's like you know we made the European elections because I actually had ninety three percent of the votes but we made it ag to look more. European. The Europeans? And the Europeans didn't recognize those elections anyways And again, I'm not spreading false rumors. This cooled is on the Internet a lot of his clothes are on the Internet. I mean I don't need to. Be Just brand any lies on rumors because all of those things you can find them by yourself yeah yeah. So the second traits I want to address is psycho policy, which is mainly characterized by lack fantasy towards others and engagement in criminal behavior. Lack of embassy is a topic that. We're probably going to be talking about. A little bit more well. Yeah as the protas especially, we going to become more clear as we as we talk more about it. So I'm not gonNA stop on it, but there's also engagement in risky behavior and the I can also impulsivity and Boleslav behavior doing something without thinking about it. and this is essentially represented by his joining some bikers revolutions. He was the leader of the opposition back back in the day he was fighting or his plays under the sun a he was incredibly impulsive. He was trying to be the political leader organized movements organized the opposition he brings..
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"This has not changed I, mean you've already asked me about your own impression of the country. You said, the people live in the and a lot of it is true I. Mean we have some of the lowest wages in in any of the modern countries of the world. There was a lot of inflation back. Then there was there was no food for people were making lines to get some bread wake huge lies people had no idea when their next would come I mean. This situation is commonly described in the US Assadourian Stalin's regime when people were were we're hungry or where shelterless, when they were trying to fight for their survival and kind of the situation that is being described the as well. Belarus in nineteen ninety four. There was a lot of corruption amongst government officials and their and the crime rate was also through the roof because you know people were trying to fight this survival. So a crime is always gonNA skyrocket on when people are in trouble. when it comes to look he again he was he was trying to fight the regime he. Went into legislative power to. Try and make well. Yeah legislative went into legislative power to try and remove certain people from from working within the government. He was directly opposing them. He was having debates was the key saying that these people are corrupted that they need to be removed Allah country would would only get better without them and also proposed some really simple ideas for the people once the day really needed to hear bags them. He just kept cheese program to a very, some very, very simple statements like we would be fighting corruption. We would be fighting crime will you would be feeding you and then to feed you, we would be We would be making some I mean. We would be asking. Russia. For help. So we have no gas we have no money. You have the oil, all of those things where they are going to contact Russia we're going to..
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"Ourselves was white as in also Buell, and it's this purity is also why which fine to remain peaceful and while it does also trying to remain peaceful throw a lot of people budgeting, white flowers I mean you can see on the pictures that there are a lot of red ones widens and Yellow Johnson will all kinds of flowers, but the vast majority of protesters are also using white. White collar white flowers as symbol of peace and that we are very, very clear. Very calm nation. That is peaceful and friendly bought. There is also a huge. Huge. historical gross one can do in terms of the wars that we've been fighting. Our country has seen a lot of wars and and we were at the front side because we're kind of the country lots separates Europe and Russia, and so a lot of the things that were happening those in Europe and Russia have affected us. When we? We are also part of the Russia, we were own the verge essentially becoming Europe to. Of But anyways. So anyways, here's. Uses the point I'm trying to make quotes when one of the wars was fought one of the yeahs one. which is well, am the biggest political figure which was like the head of a country back in the day. It's what he was called six. He went in battle and he's go ahead got wounded. So he was he was bleeding and he put white cloth over it to To continue the to continue the fight and fight for his independence. So this white cloth it became bloody red was well, there was this red stripe according to the legend Ans- this white cloth became the symbol of. Independence So literally, this flag like white piece of close was white piece of cloth was blood in it, which is symbol that we FIGHTING FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE INTERESTING anyways So let's continue We have been an independent country from Russia ever since realistically the has there has been a going on in the Soviet. Union, which is union where everybody to help everybody and eventually it's apart in nineteen ninety-one. which is no secret to anyone. So after that the country's aware on really bad terms with Charles or especially Belarus because. was then regulated by the parliament it. There was no president back in nineteen ninety.
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"Larger they have ever been and the distrust. Full. And he's a and his government has become so severe that this critical mass has been reached right now in my opinion. Yeah. It it. It is really interesting because you guys are just a little country next to Russia I mean that's all I. Thought about and I I was obviously interested to visit because you are you know group together and with the Slavic culture and I thought it was would be an interesting place to go. But with on the Kobe nineteen thing happening I didn't really I wasn't able to go but I'm still interested in seeing your country it looks beautiful and it. It's sad to hear that you guys have a was it sounds like to be a lot of corruption going on right now. Well. Yeah. It's true and we're GONNA start look eating at the situation like we've already probably I'll done ourselves in terms of reductions in such. I feel like it's an appropriate time to start talking about what is actually going on what's been happening in our country and you're probably going to see that the corruption was there from the very start of it is just been very well hidden until pretty much reasonably. So. So yeah let's let's start. From the beginning, let's let's go to the beginning and as far back as one you to. You know to what's led up to this so I'm not a historian. This is one of the weaker wings weaker like. That one's of mine but I WANNA. Briefly mentioned the flag again. So the white red white flag, which is a symbol of Bill Richardson independence. If you compare the two flags, the white red white flag and the one right. Now, you can see some major differences obviously and you might be wondering why we are using the white red white flag what's being behind it because it's shown everywhere in the protests. And Wipe are not happy about the new. So the white white flag is a traditional symbol of Belarus and independence because it was the first flag that was used when those became independent from Russia. Actually and it might be like and it was a long while ago. It was nineteen twelve will nine, hundred, nineteen or something like this. Well, it was the beginning of the twentieth century back. So the white red white flag represents independence and. Historical rumor as to how it's a did oh first and foremost Belarus. was traditionally called Bill Rush. And I which means why Russia So our well. A tradition was to wear white clothes was to essentially associated..
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"There is in the middle of this there is a go with the post that says, we all love and it's kind of the theme behind it because we are not a violent nation, it's not like the US where the people just riot the lutes they destroy everything the most the Mo the biggest protests by far has a good yesterday. So we're recording it for me. It's Saturday morning and the biggest protest actually a good yesterday. On Friday, on Friday evening people a lot of people went to independence where and essentially the whole street was filled with thousands of people. there was no forced used actually zero force used. There were a people standing in front of important buildings protecting them but they went doing they went through an anything. There were just a few people with shields and in full suits of armor but they weren't really fighting anything the wound protecting anything really. They were just standing there and there was a peaceful crowds like right the upgrade in front of them. There some you know there was some buses was militia was leased that came the Kim round circling was like riot lease was some military. It was new around they were parking nearby people have seen that. But no forceful measures were taken against the protesters and they simply left afterwards and I think the biggest a the two biggest things that impressed me the most and show how peaceful our nation really is. Is that people started? To rise these that were standing in front there were girls who ran at them and hug them just like. Took pictures will standing by with them they give they give them flowers, they put flowers on their shields like literally. Yeah it was amazing. And another thing is that. Everybody loves and there was no trash everybody took. Everybody took out the trash though the street was clean before people started protesting and the streets remained clean after people stopped the protests. One thing to notice what one thing I have noticed with your culture. You guys really do pick up after yourself and that and that's different from a lot of. It just just year a just the not even the Belorussian, but just the Slavic Culture.
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"Today, we have Anton who is over in means Bellarusse for those who don't know there is a lot of things going on due to the presidential elections that happened. it looks like there might have been some corruption on some obvious corruption which why most of the citizens are protesting it And we've been getting a fairly weird amount of information and not necessarily clear information over in the US. So I want to bring light to the situation, and so I reach out to Anton Online and he agreed to do the podcast and I will not be saying his last name because of some reasons with the governments and some of the censorship that's going on over there, which will be talking about. So please welcome Anton Anton. Hello. Yeah. Hi, it's Nice. It's nice to be here. I could just tell even talking before you were you were super excited to do this and. It seems like you have a lot of things that you want to say. Yeah, I've been I'm like a little bit nervous, but I'm also really really excited to do to be doing. Instead of getting morning to, you should just got a shot of vodka whatever you drink. It would relax you a little bit. No. what is be I wouldn't be able to talk at all. It's like Walker right now. So I, know the Russian kind of stereotype is vodka. Over there. Do you guys have a stereotype for a drink alcoholic drink over there or is it just vodka because they lump you in? Well. It's probably still vodka because we are essentially like all the polls. Soviet. Countries are essentially the same culture or at least similar in terms of their culture since what car has been the traditional product made in Russia well, you know. Of stuck with literally. Every country I gotcha. We're actually not that not that far from Russia in terms of our own culture and. Actually one of the most to drinking nations worldwide like official statistics no, no joke one really..
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"Throughout its long history. Belarus was alternately part of Ukraine Poland. And what is today known as Lithuania half of Modern Day Belarus became part of a forerunner to the USSR in one thousand nine hundred nineteen while the rest was absorbed following World War Two today. Signs of the country's past are hard to miss. There's a huge sculpture of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in front of the parliament building the old hammer and sickle flag. Still flies over the cities excellent museum on the history of World War Two which it calls the Great Patriotic War. That's a time. When Minsk was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis and communist ICONS APPEAR ON PLAQUES. All over the city's many parks and monuments tellingly. I had an interesting experience trying to find souvenirs to bring home for my son's at one souvenir shop a man eagerly showed me lapel pins featuring the busts of Lenin and Joseph Stalin which he assured me were very popular would prove difficult to find a simple t shirt with the name Minsk on it as if in this simple task I had run up against the limits of Belarus's open economy. Recently relations with Russia have become more complicated Belarus refused to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine in twenty fourteen and Russia in January began suspending. Oil shipments to Belarus fears that Amir Putin may want to annex Belarus have led to public protests in Minsk according to a survey by the Minsk Academy of Sciences. Nearly half of Belarusians want to remain independent of Moscow while thirty six percent favor a union with shared political institutions only around seven percent. Favor full unification. Well I I think the only way port for the country to sort of remain where as in terms of being a sovereign state is to continue a third way. That's your Haney Prayer Mon- founder and director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations. I mean well understand what's going to happen in the country swelled by Russia but essentially if it were to sort of turn away from Russians. Make this western choice. The ultimate result would be the same because the Russians have already demonstrated several times including in Georgia and Ukraine that they are ready to react really aggressively and militarily to any further eastward movement of NATO infrastructure and I think the basically associate NATO as the EU so they don't make much difference between that.
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"Still other parts of the city. Were quiet at night to quiet. It seemed for city of its size on a Friday night. I met some locals at the pack. Tnt Rock Club in the old town section of Minsk local Arctic monkeys. Tribute band was playing along with a cover band playing everything from Chuck Berry to the Red Hot Chili peppers. If you WANNA see big headlining acts you have to go to Moscow or other European cities outside of some signs advertising a big show by the Scorpions. Touring bands. Mostly Skip Minsk because the country's poor it's not considered a good draw. Bellarusse is heavily dependent on subsidies from Russia just as it was throughout its Soviet history. Turns out there's a growing tech sector in Minsk. Fm Global Software developer that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Got Its start in the city. Minsk is also home to war gaming makers of popular tank multiplayer video game in two thousand sixteen facebook bought a Minsk based startup called masquerade. It makes snapchat like virtual photo effects and filters financially. Bobby I'm a member of local hacker. Space is basically what keeps me alive and interested in in doing things I met Anatoly at the Press Club. He told me that Minsk was once home to many. Soviet era semiconductor plants for radios and. Tv's his parents worked in them. He said and say that another plant was under construction when the USSR broke apart. It's was like microchips that was designed like into once but Intel until the same architecture but produced completely by Soviet Union when seventeen was falling apart. This plant was being built and it was going to produce these computers using like and your architecture for four seasons but because of the breakage we could not complete its when Soviet Union fell parts basically like people stole all equipment because there was no like order. Nothing usually happens and it never recovered. Beena says the technology that survives is mostly writing software for other companies rather than the kind of robust engineering from the Soviet era. The semiconductor plant was apparently never completed. And even if it was Intel by then was already building semi conductor plants in Asia to take advantage of cheap labor. A bustling manufacturing industry sent off to other countries. That's a story line. We know well here in Detroit. So all this technology's sort of loss I would say The engineering culture S- probably loss. But not but there is still one generation but after this generation to be completely lost there are still people who know how to build things how to design things how to I would say copy thinks because it still was an arms race and also in computer science it was the race was probably lost but there are still like a lot of people were inspired by computer. Science is always anybody encouraging that generation to share their knowledge. Nobody like nobody have the time. And they and the money and the power to go and record interviews with these older generation. How did the troy to make all of this and try to make it's Interesting for the new generation because for the younger people. These stories of engineering is still too boring. Because there's speaking about Soviet Union not sexy. It's not sexy. I met surrogate soccer on city dog editor and Co founder at a bustling coffee shop. That share space with a fancy jewelry shop. City dog is digital lifestyle. Magazine aimed at the creative class and young. It Workers City Dog launched in twenty twelve initially to reflect the desire of many hip young Belarusians to be more like western Europe but it has increasingly shifted its focus to issues like ethnic minorities healthcare and people popular stories include a look at any wine houses. Jewish ancestry in Minsk profiles of young Belarusians who relocated to Poland and a story about a Japanese man. Who's been living in Minsk for two decades issues Chile there was gloss on Chuck Opinion? My at the pretty hard to find a good employee Julia squatter whale the sector. Because usually they are either working in the sector in Princeton. Pr Service or their programmers. Yes so it's difficult to find people to get them for you to write like texts about the sector because we have a higher salaries working for the IT sector as to what kind of effect the growing numbers of tech employees are. Having on life in Belarus Jason Smith Slip East African countries of companion. Yes so as far as it. Sector is concerned the Adrian Their. They may save that like you experience. That's nice but as far as work is concerned they may just like for instance is forty years old and for him. It's already a problem to get into the IT sector to work for this sector because of age with some sort of what you Mr reasonably one way out is to create a working places yourself. It's also led to huge income disparities between generations addition guy from it sector. Refused three times higher salaries. Anna's senior citizen here so. The gap is very big.
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"Lukashenko's hardline rule has earned Belarus the label as quote the last dictatorship in Europe. It's a term that rankles many young Belarusian who are eager to move beyond associations with the Soviet past at the border inspection. The agent reviewing my passport asked me why. I was there. I told him I was a guest of the Press Club Belarus and I swear he winced then. He shuffled a few documents stamp in my passport and slid it back to me. I was free to enter the country. I was interviewed for the Press Club. Belarus podcasts and I was asked to name some similarities between Detroit and Minsk so I'll share a few beyond the similarly dismal cold winter weather. I was quickly struck. By how many wide American style roads there were in Minsk although the city has terrific public transit and more on that in a moment there was clearly a car culture here and like Detroit Minsk is poor post industrial city with many signs of revitalization or Gentrification. If you want to call it that my hotel was right off cast richness sky street a former industrial strip dotted with trendy new bars and restaurants. Along with many incredible murals. It reminded me of eastern market here in Detroit but other parts are a lot like any other old European capital city with wide bustling sidewalks classical mid rise buildings lots of coffee shops and consistently good food the spheres lush river winds its way through the city and a network of lovely parks. Then there's the public transportation man's is served by several different kinds of buses a trolley. An excellent subway system built by the Soviets starting in the nineteen seventies. It's small just two lines with a third under construction but the stations are clean and filled with interesting ceramic tile work mosaics and other public art and the subway is scary efficient. I don't think I ever waited more than two or three minutes for a train to arrive..
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"Elections in Belarus. Aren't like the ones here in the US. I didn't see any yard signs or other obvious giveaways for starters and as I soon learned. Many people simply stay home. That's because elections in Belarus are widely regarded as fraudulent exercises for show. There's no transparency in how votes or turn out are counted an international watchdog group monitoring the election later report more than six hundred fifty violations of electoral law. How many people actually come out and vote for an election like this and no one knows. That's pulse fared editor in Chief of Euro Radio DOT FM. It's an independent news site in. Minsk that streams five days a week. There is an official number discerned seven. It's for more than seventy seven percent of people but no one believes it from people who are observing these elections because The so that there was no such a lot of people and sometimes then You are lucky to take photo of sheets with signatures of people who come to vote. Yeah and you see the no signature on your sheet. You're the first from fifteen maybe person on this sheet who came to vote here. And it's not seventy seven percent no one from a block of seven. Opposition candidates focused on issues of importance to young Belarusians was elected to parliament but one person who was Miss Belarus twenty eighteen a woman named Maria Vassilievich. Who's often seen with the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko? She is a very often With Alexander Lukashenka on different kinds of shows on hockey match. Lukashenka collects potato in his farm and et CETERA. She's near him and his son spared law said that thirty two incumbents took part in the election and just to were not reelected. One was believed to be ill the other candidate well. It wasn't so clear that he was connected to the Lukashenko regime at all which is key to winning an election in this country. He's from private party. Like Habil Rousson Patriotic Party. It's a pocket party. We N- here about about such parties just during the elections when our government wants to show to Europe that in our parliament Representatives from different parties. Yeah different political parties And the like we're we're diverse. Were not they want. There is diversity. So he's one of the one of these parties his head of that party and something happened wrong and he's not reelected and we will call him and ask why is it. So this is action in Belarus in parliament. So that's a little primer on politics and Belarus a country that has been independent since the collapse of the Soviet Union in Nineteen ninety-one. It's been living. Under the authoritarian rule of Lukashenko its first and only elected president since nineteen ninety four. But I should I back up and explain how I ended up in Minsk.
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"It's one of Detroit's seven sister cities and it's a place that's been in the news lately as the only country in Europe that is continuing to play professional soccer and admit fans two stadiums. That's thanks to its authoritarian resident. Who's downplayed the pandemic and instead recommended citizens drink vodka visit Russian? Sound us and work on a farm to stay healthy. It's also where I was recently invited to discuss the work. We do. Daily Detroit at the Press Club Belarus. It's an organization that promotes an independent. Free Press in the former Soviet republic what follows is a travelogue of sorts to a place. Most Americans know little about so fasten your seatbelts. Keep your passports handy and enjoy your flight. I'm spend Gustafsen. Susan moving forward. This was like a starbucks can open can opened or anything else but still people or apple pay but saying is that people still understand now that they have these things starbucks into them apple pay but the life itself hasn't changed that's Alexei Shirov translating the Russian of Sergei Saccharin the editor in chief of city dog a digital news website in Minsk. We'll come back to them later. But first let's set the table for Belarus. It was a gray Sunday in November when I arrived in Minsk the capital of Belarus and its largest city was also election day for the national parliament.