Belarusian anti-regime Tsihanovskaya wary of Russian intervention

Belarusian anti-regime Tsihanovskaya wary of Russian intervention September 4 at 5:43 a.m.

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In an interview with NHK, Mr. Tsihanovskaya, an anti-regime protester in Belarus who has been under tension since the presidential election, said in an interview with NHK that he would expand protests to increase pressure on President Lukashenko to step down. He also said that “it is not a good sign that President Lukashenko has close ties with Russia” and was wary of Russia’s future intervention.
In Belarus, there have been on-the-go protests calling for President Lukashenko to step down, saying there was fraud in last month’s presidential election.

Mr. Chihanovskaya, who set up an anti-government organization in his presidential candidacy, was interviewed by NHK on March 3 in Lithuania, where he is based.

In this, Mr. Chihanovskaya said, “Our power is in man. The demonstrations we do every day are under sufficient pressure. The protests will never end,” he said, pointing to the idea of expanding the protests in order to increase pressure on President Lukashenko to step down.

He also stressed that Mr. Lukashenko’s idea was merely a time earner and could not be agreed upon, noting that President Lukashenko had suggested that he would run another presidential election after the constitutional reform was made.

On the other hand, regarding Russia’s role in the situation in Belarus, Mr Tsihanovskaya said it was “not to deny” but that “Mr. Lukashenko’s close relationship with Russia is not a good sign” and cautioned that Russia could intervene in the future.

And Mr. Chihanovskaya said, “My heart is with the people of Belarus. If I can feel safe, I want to return even if I take the first train.”