MOSCOW, 11 August (BelTA) – During an online press conference on 11 August Director of the Russian Institute of Political Studies Sergei Markov recalled the reasons why a maidan revolution is impossible in Belarus, BelTA has learned.
The official said: “Moral qualities of [Belarus President Aleksandr] Lukashenko are the first reason. It is a man, who will not abandon his post. He will take up arms, will shoot and he will flee nowhere. Everyone knows it and understands it. He is a totally charismatic leader.”
The fact that Belarusians know what the maidan revolution in Ukraine has resulted in is another reason. “If Ukrainians had known results of the maidan revolution beforehand, they would have torn to pieces those, who stood on the stage,” the analyst believes. “A catastrophe has happened in Ukraine. Living standards have been halved. Crimea and Donbass have been lost. The sovereignty is totally lost. Everything is run by foreigners. The country is being looted.”
“You wonder why Lukashenko's supporters do not stage counter demonstrations,” the expert continued. “Because they are conservative people, calm people, people with families, elderly people. Can you imagine that people with jobs, pensioners that still work, people with children and grandchildren, people who support the authorities would go to a demonstration? They have the right to expect that they choose a president, who employs the internal affairs minister, the prosecutor generation, the KGB chief, who are supposed to restore order.”
As the third reason Sergei Markov mentioned the absence of oligarchs in Belarus. There are no people, who can sponsor a maidan revolution, he noted.