Brest residents prepare for referendum on battery plant

Action against the battery plant in Brest. November 3, 2019.

Activists are forming an initiative group near Brest to hold a referendum on the future of the battery plant, a correspondent reports.

The initiative group was registered on the territory where the plant stands. Lukashenka proposed to hold a referendum last summer, but that was it.

The people want to put the following question to a local referendum:

“Do you agree to the placement and operation of the lead-acid batteries plant of Accumulator Alliance LLC on the territory of the village council?”

  • Since 2018, Brest residents have been protesting against the construction of the battery plant, the emissions from which will have harmful effects on the human body.
  • As a result of almost two years of confrontation, the construction of the plant was postponed. On June 22, 2020, during a meeting with activists, Alyaksandr Lukashenka promised that the fate of the battery plant would be decided at a local referendum.
  • At the end of September, chairman of Brest Regional Executive Committee Anatol Lis decided to cancel his earlier decision to ban construction of the battery plant near Brest. After that, the company Accumulator Alliance, owned by Lukashenka’s close associates Syarhei Kahanovich and Dzmitry Baskau, was able to continue commissioning and construction works.

Now the plant is working in commissioning mode.