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25 January 2021, 18:54

Opinion: Protests in Belarus and Russia are united by Western support

Oleg Gaidukevich. An archive photo
Oleg Gaidukevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Protest actions in Belarus and Russia are united by support of the West, BelTA learned from Oleg Gaidukevich, member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party.

The MP believes: “The common thing in the West's response is its support of the protests, support of the protest politicians and certainly not because the West is concerned about freedom or democracy, about elections, about Navalny or Tikhanovskaya. The more unstable the country is, the better it is for the West. It is geopolitics. Strong security agencies and law enforcement agencies are the key factor in the lack of the ability to accomplish anything by street protests. Weak security agencies in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia paved the way for coups. Proper work with the youth is a problem both in Belarus and Russia. A new generation has grown up with new values such as TikTok, Internet, communication, and goals. The state has to intercept the agenda.”

According to Oleg Gaidukevich, it is also necessary to implement certain political reforms. “Their direction is obvious for me. Belarus needs a law on foreign agents. Any foreign financing of politics is inadmissible. It is necessary to develop political institutions and enhance the parliament. It is necessary to organize elections in line with the proportional representation election system. It is necessary to distribute powers. We need competition in politics. All of that makes the country more resilient to challenges and consolidates people,” the MP stressed.

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