"It seems that the 16-year-old era of" the last dictator in Europe "ends" — says the German edition of Der Spiegel. Russia opened a front against former ally and also actively involved in the election campaign.
In the Russian Far East, where closer to California than to Moscow Slavic love is still there. Residents of Kamchatka Peninsula, from his 29 active volcanoes, interested in strengthening Russia's western border with neighboring Belarus. In an open letter to the political leadership in Minsk and Moscow, they wrote that they feel a great need for information about the life of the Belarusian people, and called for the final creation of the Russian-Belarusian Union State.
Although both countries have agreed to such a union and a common currency for more than 10 years ago, the inhabitants of the peninsula with their expectations clearly were all alone — says the publication. For a long time, the Kremlin and Lukashenko are in a state of permanent hostility. Moreover, the publication refers to national experts, the relationship between the two countries has never been as bad as now.
According to German observers, on the eve of the upcoming presidential elections in Belarus, Moscow is looking for a new leader for this country. With the media artagnyu Kremlin actively involved in the election campaign of the neighboring country.
The Kremlin, however, sure of himself. In Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan This year, pro-Russian forces took power. Why is this not work with Belarus?
"Our program — in the Kremlin," Der Spiegel quoted a presidential candidate Yaroslav Romanchuk. "Our chances are great. 51% of the country's citizens would like to see a new face in the government," said Romanchuk.
In June Romanchuk and two Belarusian opposition leaders have received an informal audience with Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. Russia's chief treasurer described the behavior of Lukashenka "parazytarnymi." In turn, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described the behavior of the Belarusian head of "indecent and inconsistent", referring to a given Lukashenko promised to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Comparing the foreign policy of Lukashenko with swings between East and West German observers note that after last year's breakthrough in relations between Minsk and the EU, after all the meetings and talks with the Belarusian president's top diplomats, European, Union, apparently because of the crisis, reduced attention to Eastern Europe. "In the West we have thrown. It cost us dearly," Der Spiegel has made recognition of the Lukashenko in May.
Meanwhile Lukashenko himself is not going to give anyone the post. In advance of the elections, the Belarusian leader ordered the more rigid control of the Internet. Now Internet cafes can be visited only with a passport. Copies of opposition newspaper "Nasha Niva, "Which reported the NTV film" The Godfather "was confiscated, and the paper has received papyarezhannne.
According to the German publication, when traditionally neskansalidavanaya Belarusian opposition still get together, the upcoming election may be the last for Lukashenko. Der Spiegel quoted the Belarusian political scientist Alexander Fyaduta who believes that the Kremlin sent voters to the neighboring country is very simple message across: "Before Lukashenko has been the guarantor of a warm winter and relatively cheap public services." If the Belarusians and now remain with their father, they have to expect the worst, writes Der Spiegel.
Kremlin confident. In Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan This year, pro-Russian forces took power. Why is this not work with Belarus?