MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told foreign and Belarusian journalists in Minsk why the state made a conciliatory gesture towards those who fled Belarus after committing offenses, BelTA has learned.
The question was about the so-called political prisoners. “Name any ‘political prisoner'. We will explain what he or she has done, why he or she is there. We have taken a step towards not only those who are in Belarus, but also those who fled after having committed offenses here. Let's turn the page. Come here and we will discuss things!” the president said.
“Like many here, including Belarusian journalists, I personally don't want our compatriots to roam abroad, be it in England, or in France and even in Poland that has no one to work in hospitals. But our doctors from ‘bad Belarus' are in great demand there. I want them to live and work here. And we are ready to forgive what can be forgiven. This is our democratic dictatorship,” the president said.
As BelTA reported earlier, a commission to handle applications of citizens wishing to return home was put up following a presidential decree. These people can reach out to the commission and get information about their legal and procedural status with law enforcement agencies.