Article by Simon Schuster under the title appeared in a recent issue of the American weekly magazine Time. Here is a translation of fragments of the article.
On Monday night, visiting the scene of the explosion in Minsk subway, killing 12 people, the authoritarian president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has spread a net suspicions possible far and wide. The bomb that exploded in the evening on a crowded platform, could be "a gift from abroad" or could be taken from military convoys, he said the heads of law enforcement agencies. Anyone who has a gun, must be tested and anyone who is "interested in disturbing the peace", would be considered suspect. For the Belarusian political opposition, this means one thing: to sit and hang out.
And that's exactly what Lukashenko like. A month of Belarus on the verge of economic collapse, prices are rising, there is a shortage of food,
hanging in the air threat of devaluation of the Belarusian currency. On top of that society still shaken by the December revolt short, when tens of thousands of people protested against Lukashenko's re-election that ended with strong political repression that Belarus — and Europe in general — has not seen for many years.
Minsk political scientist Alexander Klaskouski notes that "the attack does not make sense, especially for the authorities. But after, as it took place, it is a good clue for the tightening of the screws ".
And it's more or less what Lukashenko on Monday night instructed law enforcement officers do. Visiting with a six-year son Nikolai blast site with traces of blood, the president told them to "maximize the security measures … I think people will understand us. "
The next day, three residents of Minsk were detained for spreading "false rumors"
in social networks, and ten rasshukvalisya police. This was reported by the Interfax news agency, citing a source in the Security Council of Belarus.
"It seems that they are moving to the Soviet ideal, — said Moscow political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin. — Everyone should sit quietly, afraid of everything and there is a black bread, which gave them a God sent leader. It runs something like North Korea. "
Belarus is moving in this direction already in December. In 2008-2010, there was a short period of detente in relations with Europe, in which Lukashenko held a bit more lenient policy towards the opposition. But after the recent repression U.S. and the EU reimposed sanctions against Minsk, in Belarus back atmosphere of fear.