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Belarus Opposition Compiling Blacklist of Officials

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Belarus Opposition Compiling Blacklist of Officials

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Belarus opposition activists Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya and Maryya Kalesnikava

9/17/20
Belarus's opposition leader on Thursday said she was putting together a list of law enforcement personnel responsible for beatings and arbitrary arrests for possible future prosecution. "I urge the security forces to stop the violence and join the Belarusian people. If you do not, you will not escape a fair trial and punishment," Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in a statement. Tikhanovskaya has claimed victory in an Aug. 9 election against President Alexander Lukashenko, claiming he rigged it to further his 26-year rule. She fled to Lithuania in the days after the vote amid unprecedented anti-government protests that have rocked the former Soviet republic.

Tikhanovskaya said she was working on the list with a team of human rights campaigners. "We are preparing a list of those officials and law enforcement personnel who took part and are continuing to take part in police abuses. "We will send this list to Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, EU member states and the United States. The list will be published," she said. The European Union is preparing sanctions later this month against those it holds responsible for rigging the vote and cracking down on protests. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have already blacklisted Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials from the Belarusian election commission, ministries and police.

President-in-exile Tikhanovskaya is working with Human Rights Watch which has intelligence assets in Belarus.

The list should also be shared with EU officials formulating sanctions against the Lukashenka regime.

Related: Opposition Figure Kalesnikava Charged With Threatening Belarus's National Security
 

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For russians, all this is an incredibly useful lesson. What is being done and prepared against Belarus will undoubtedly be used against Russia on occasion. Watching this, they get the most valuable thing - immunity from disbelief in the infinite depth of the filthy meanness of their enemies.
 

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Nobody wants Belarus.

A tractor factory, a Russian reactor, and the Pripet Marshes.
 

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According to the "oppositionists", all detentions in Russia and Belarus are of two types:
- unnecessarily harsh
- obviously mean
And all detentions in democratic countries are of only one type:
- absolutely invisible.
 

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☢ More radioactive bs from this source.
 
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