LOGOISK DISTRICT, 23 September (BelTA) – A lot of so-called fugitive oppositionists would like to return to Belarus but many are afraid of facing prosecution upon arrival. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement while talking to reporters in the WW2 memorial complex Khatyn on 23 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Many queries have been received. It is clear that a percentage of scoundrels may return as well. Converted individuals, too. We can identify spies. We don't want terrorist cells here. I have not decided yet on how we can sort them out.”
He stressed: “We have to be very careful. We shouldn't push away anyone. People's lives and their fates are at stake. Case by case. There will be more and more of them. But we have to live through this period.”
The president remarked that the return of these people to Belarus might be advantageous in a sense but an individualized approach is needed. “It is necessary to sort them. We need normal people. Those, who committed a crime, will not ask to come back. Most likely people, who have come to understand that life in a foreign land is bad, [are asking to be let back into Belarus]. We shouldn't push them away,” he said.