It seems that the entire population of Belarus has risen up against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who has hit back with a brutal police operation.
Events are moving very fast, but Lukashenko has clearly lost all legitimacy and is attempting to stay on through brute force alone. The nature of the crisis has gone to a new level after workers at the most important companies walked out on general strike on August 13. And the interior minister apologised for arresting people “by mistake.” A 1,000 were released this morning.
What will happen next? Does former English teacher and nominal victor in Belarus’ presidential election Svetlana Tikhanovskaya play any role? What will Russia do? And what can the EU do to help?
bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to Nigel Gould-Davies, a former British ambassador to Belarus 2007-09 about what is going on and what will happen next.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief, bne IntelliNews
Nigel Gould-Davies, former ambassador to Belarus and Editor of Strategic Survey; Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at IISS