Has an armed uprising been planned in Belarus to overthrow the leadership, kill the president, his family and senior officials?
Minsk (dpa) – According to the Russian internal secret service FSB, an attack on ruler Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus was prevented.
Together with the authorities in neighboring Belarus, two men have been arrested in Moscow, the FSB announced in Moscow on Saturday evening. One of the opposition members is also a US citizen.
The head of the Belarusian secret service KGB, Ivan Tertel, said in a video that an armed uprising had been prepared in which the leadership overthrew, the president, his family and high officials should have been murdered. In addition, important buildings in the former Soviet Republic had to be occupied.
Lukashenko had repeatedly sparked public fear and accused the opposition of planning a violent overthrow. In view of the massive protests against him, he once said that a revolution like the one in neighboring Ukraine had been prevented.
After the presidential elections of August 9 last year, which were widely regarded as falsified, hundreds of thousands of people had occasionally called for Lukashenko’s resignation and new elections. He was declared the election winner with 80.1 percent of the vote. The EU does not recognize Lukashenko as president and has imposed sanctions on the power apparatus in Minsk. But it still relies on Russia as its main ally.
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