Another shade revolution? US orchestrating Belarusian unrest, says Russian spy chief Naryshkin; Belarus’ chief Lukashenko agrees

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The director of Russia’s international intelligence service (SVR) has accused the US of fomenting anti-government demonstrations in Belarus. Spy boss Sergey Naryshkin says Washington offered about $20 million to bolster the opposition.

His feedback got here because the president of Belarus mentioned that – what he known as – the orchestrators of the present occasions deliberate their ways in accordance with the basic American textbook of shade revolutions. Speaking on Wednesday, Alexander Lukashenko added that the turmoil had been plotted by Western nations for over a decade.

“According to the available information, the United States is playing a pivotal role in the current events in Belarus,” Naryshkin alleged in an announcement. “Though publically Washington tries to keep a low profile, once the massive street demonstrations began, the Americans stepped up funding to the Belarusian anti-government forces to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.”

He burdened the plain indicators of Western involvement within the occasions in Belarus. “The demonstrations have been well organized from the very outset and coordinated from abroad,” the SVR chief mentioned. “It is noteworthy that the West had launched the groundwork for the protests long before the elections. The United States in 2019 and early 2020 used various NGOs to provide about $20 million for staging anti-government demonstrations.”

The intelligence boss defined that the cash was used to create a community of “ostensibly independent bloggers” and data accounts on social networks and to coach activists for road demonstrations. “Some of them underwent training in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, where experienced US instructors coached them to stage ‘non-violent’ protests,” Naryshkin mentioned.

He remarked that “the United States is closely mentoring former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and other opposition activists, whom they try to present in the guise of ‘popular leaders’ and future top officials of a ‘democratic Belarus.’”

“In its contacts with its European allies, Washington insists on increasing pressure on Minsk in order to force the legitimate authorities of Belarus to start a dialogue with the so-called Coordination Council on a ‘handover of power,’” Naryshkin continued. “In fact it is a poorly camouflaged attempt to stage another color revolution and anti-constitutional coup, having nothing to do with the interests of the Belarusian people.”

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In separate feedback, Lukashenko expressed comparable sentiments. He mentioned that over the previous ten years the opposition had been meticulously getting ready for the current disaster. “A step-by-step analysis of the events in the country reveals the true plans and tactics of the external aggressors of Belarus,” state information agencBelTA quoted him as saying.

“In order to unmask them all at once, let us name the players. At the level of global centers this is above all the United States of America, more precisely – their network of foundations to support the so-called democracy,” he alleged. “In the European continent the American satellites were the most active, including Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, and, unfortunately, our Ukraine.”

Each of those nations performed its half, Lukashenko burdened. “The Czech Republic for a long time [served] as a resource hub, Poland at first [served] as an incubator of media channels (Belsat, NEXTA, and others) and then – as a platform for alternative agencies in exile,” he elaborated. “Lithuania, peeved by the BelNPP (Belarusian nuclear power plant – TASS) issue [served] as a battering ram of Belarusian-European relations. Ukraine, despite our constant support for it (for example, in the issues of territorial integrity and in many others), despite the spirit of our relationship, became the outpost of political provocations.”

“Thus, we clearly see the subjects of this process, their middlemen and abettors,” he continued. “The tactics of the masterminds was built in accordance with the classic American textbook of color revolutions by well-known Gene Sharp. Now we can look back and analyze in detail all stages of the scenario to destroy our country which we, fortunately, staved off and will never let happen,” he added. “Trying to embroil the country in a lengthy political and economic crisis, the protest coordinators hand out instructions for economic resistance as they put it, or tax evasion, non-payment of utility bills, withdrawals from trade unions and so on.”

Lukashenko did not cease there. “The 2020 Belarusian scenario consists of an alloy of the most effective color [revolutions] techniques of destabilization which have been tested in a variety of countries. It is obvious that the stake is on the scale and duration of the protests, on wearing the strength down and on draining up resources,” the long-time chief went on. “We know those in charge pursuing some goals in Belarus, so we do not relax and are ready to respond to any challenge.”

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Nationwide demonstrations have engulfed Belarus for the reason that August 9 presidential election. According to the Central Election Commission’s official outcomes, Lukashenko gained by a landslide, garnering 80.10 % of the vote. His closest rival within the race, Tikhanovskaya, got here second, with 10.12 %, however she refused to acknowledge the election’s final result and left the nation inside days. The outcomes are extensively believed to have been falsified.

After exit polls have been launched, mass protests erupted in downtown Minsk and different Belarusian cities. During the early post-election interval, the rallies snowballed into fierce clashes between protesters and police. Protests are being inspired by the opposition’s Coordination Council. In response, the Belarusian authorities have demanded that the unauthorized demonstrations be stopped.

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