Tsigankov: What's behind the tactics of the authorities' embracing registration "?
Bulgakov: First of all, it does not mean that all 10 applicants passed the signature collection phase will be registered.
I think we are dealing with quite a provocative move of the Belarusian regime, which on the one hand, has to embody the political liberalization, on the other — leaves room to give back up. The fact that there was supposedly a space for the registration of these 10 candidates, it does not follow that all of these names will be on the ballot. And a fortiori it does not follow that this campaign will be fair and democratic.
By itself, a ballot with the names of opposition politicians does not mean anything. In general, the mass registration of candidates may have to disperse and so relatively little opposition and democratic life.
Tsigankov: Indeed, one reason for the "all-embracing registration", — what the authorities have decided to show the West the "liberalization". But the other — to themselves opposition candidates failed to unite in their actions. According to you, or even the actual idea of "one candidate"?
Bulgakov: The space for the game always. In such circumstances, the politically responsible and courageous step for the majority of applicants was the removal or rejection. After all, nothing but their own self-PR and making ghostly political points for this registration does not carry them.
Just Now there is a "time X" when determining rates of these elections. If you win personal ambition and self-interest, the victory Lukashenko could be a terrible blow on the democratic sector of society. But there is always the opportunity to mobilize and come out with flying colors even in critical situations.
Tsigankov: You say that some of the applicants should withdraw. But they have a question: why do I have to play in his favor, but he is not on my own?
Bulgakov: In politics, always so — there are sharks and there is plankton. And among the current candidates have already decided some favorites and underdogs. Certainly, the elections — this time for personal ambition and self-expression.
This company is definitely a very non-standard, especially in a democratic society. We have a situation where there is no clear leaders, and if the democratic electorate is in a certain confusion. But even in such a situation and you need to think and build a better way to determine the most adequate Lukashenko opponent.