The Investigative Committee of Belarus has opened a new criminal case against the Belarusian opposition leaders Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Pavel Latushko. Representative of the Belarusian Investigative Committee Sergei Kabakovich told on the air of the Belarus 1 TV channel.
The case was initiated under the article on the unauthorized assignment of the title or power of an official (Article 382 of the Criminal Code of Belarus). It provides for up to two years in prison.
The accused Tikhanovskaya and Latushko, in agreement with other participants in the conspiracy, in violation of the requirements of the Constitution of Belarus, created pseudo bodies of state power, departments and representations of the Republic of Belarus abroad. And continuing their criminal actions, they entered into negotiations with representatives of foreign states and international organizations.
Earlier, criminal cases were brought against Tikhanovskaya in Belarus under six articles, and against Latushko – under four articles. They are accused, in particular, of extremism, a conspiracy to seize power, an attempt on an act of terrorism.
The word “defendant”
Pavel Latushko on the air of “Present Time” called this decision of the Belarusian authorities “actual recognition of the effectiveness” of the “People’s Anti-Crisis Management” headed by him, as well as the office of Tikhanovskaya. According to him, Latushko is not interested in whether the cases against the oppositionists will be united.
“I am aware of the falsification and fabrication of all these cases,” the politician comments. Of course, it’s sad, but the main thing is that it doesn’t demotivate me. And yesterday I corresponded with Svetlana [Тихановской], I understand, she also approaches it that way. Rather, it motivates us to be even more effective. “
According to Latushko, Belarusians are also not demotivated by such criminal cases.
“They are ready to continue their struggle, they are ready to manifest this externally at the appropriate decisive moment, because it exists internally: we see the” partisan “movement, we also see the underground peaceful movement, when flags, symbols are flown out, leaflets are scattered, people are very actively watching YouTube channels and so on. The authorities, of course, will oppose. They will primarily oppose in the information space, because all analyzes of absolutely all sociological groups show that today the information agenda is behind us, “the politician said.
By data Chatham House at the beginning of 2021, only a quarter of Belarusians trusted Alexander Lukashenko.
“Democratic forces of Belarus are more perceived by the population, [у них] more viewers than state propaganda channels. In fact, a classic of the genre: it develops according to the textbooks of the dictatorship, the way all dictators acted: they need to find an enemy, the enemy is primarily their own people, it suppresses, the external enemy is the borders of the European Union, this is illegal migration, hybrid war, and so on. Therefore, it will follow this formula. In any case, this will all lead to collapse, because it is like a spring that is squeezed and squeezed, then it opens up like a crack on the forehead, which will not seem like a little. It is impossible to govern the state like that – all Belarusians say this – this is the road to nowhere. Lukashenka does not understand this, I can even explain why he does not understand this, but this is for other broadcasts and for other programs, “concluded Pavel Latushko.
- Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took part in the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020 and was considered the main rival of Alexander Lukashenko. Pavel Latushko was the director of the Kupalovsky Theater, the main theater of Belarus, and after the elections he joined the protests against Lukashenka.
- Both leaders left Belarus within a month after the elections. Tikhanovskaya now lives in Lithuania, her office has received the status of “the official representation of the Belarusian democracy.” Latushko is in Poland, where he created the People’s Anti-Crisis Management organization.
- Tikhanovskaya, Latushko, as well as 15 more citizens are included by the State Security Committee of Belarus in the list of persons involved in terrorist activities.