Lukashenko opponent Valery Tsepkalo flees to Russia fearing arrest in Belarus

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A former contender for the presidency of Belarus, Valery Tsepkalo, had fled the nation along with his youngsters after being barred from candidacy within the upcoming election. He is now in Moscow.

Tsepkalo was not allowed to register as a candidate within the presidential elections. Announcing his escape on Belarusian web site tut.by, Tsepkalo defined that he left the nation after receiving stories of his impending arrest. 

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“I have good friends in law enforcement,” Tsepkalo defined, including that he went into hiding when he heard that one ‘three-letter agency’ was searching for him. After info {that a} second ‘three-letter’ company was searching for him, he determined to go away the nation. Tsepkalo clarified that he was referring to the KGB (the nationwide intelligence company) and the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs).

Speaking to Russian newspaper RBK, the would-be candidate defined that he selected to flee to Russia as a result of it’s the solely nation that shares an open border with Belarus, and he hopes that Moscow received’t extradite him to his home nation. 

Tsepkalo additionally introduced his intention to do a world tour, holding press conferences in “Moscow, Ukraine, in a European country and in the United States,” to encourage the world to not acknowledge the “rigged” elections.

Presidential elections in Belarus might be held on August 9, and outcomes are more likely to present a landslide victory for the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. In addition to Tsepkalo, two different candidates have been disqualified from working. Viktor Babariko was detained on July 18, over allegations of tax evasion and cash laundering. Sergei Tikhanovsky, a YouTuber, can be in jail on fees of obstructing elections and interfering with the work of the Central Electoral Commission. 

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Tikhanovsky’s spouse Svetlana is among the 4 candidates difficult Lukashenko. Tsepkalo’s spouse Veronika has determined to stay in Belarus to assist Tikhanovskaya win the election.