Tsigankov: Or like Lukashenko convince foreign journalists and observers in his vision of the election results and events on Independence Square? Or it is not very interested in what will they think abroad about these events?
Klaskouski: It was obvious that he was acting very emotional and very shocked by this situation. Everyone has seen that "elegant victory" has failed. I do not think he had to convince the independent Belarusian journalists or Western publications. Journalistic audience remained in their beliefs.
The main target audience was a wide electorate. The residents, who do not watch too much of an independent press, not versed in the nuances, they see only a picture on BT, have now received a portion of the head of state propaganda. That is they may have a certain degree of influence.
The event was attest that the government clings to their positions, it does not scare anybody — on the contrary, should all be afraid.
Tsigankov: Often, after winning the election the old leaders promised some changes. The same was true of Alexander Lukashenko in 2001 and 2008. But once, Conversely, Lukashenko said that no particular change is not needed.
Klaskouski: Finally, once the word "reform" has sounded — Lukashenko promised to reform the internet. Naturally, the "reform" should be quoted. Obviously, registration will be held online media and freedom of expression continued decline.
More broadly, it is now the phase of tightening of the screws, as there was a formal basis — the events on Independence Square. And now there will be some exponential phase of repression, maybe not very strong, but there is a need after the "liberalization" bump degree of fear in the community. For some asmyaleli too, according to authorities.
After a while, when the passions subside, from Minsk and from Europe will be restored once attempts to normalize relations. Accordingly resume and certain games in democracy, although in a limited format.