Belarus opposition party to sue pro-Russian Cossack Ataman for being compared to Daesh

The Belarusian People’s Front (BPF) is set to sue Mikalau Ulakhovich, a 2015 presidential candidate and Supreme Ataman of the public association for his comparing the opposition party to the Islamic State.

“More than ever our Belarus needs calm and patience, not chaos and fake democracies produced by the Islamic State in the Middle East or something like this… But we already have ‘fronts’ – the Belarusian People’s Front, Young Front which are like the IS, they strive for a color revolution in Belarus,” Mr Ulakhovich said at a meeting of Cossacks in Minsk on February, 6.

“We find such statements absolutely unacceptable,” BPF leader Alyaksei Yanukevich says.

“Obviously, this is a part of Russian propaganda. We know that Russian media and politicians have repeatedly called the participants of the Ukrainian revolution ‘fascists’, ‘extremists’ and so on. And now we see an information attack on Belarus. Belarusian patriotic forces that act in accordance with the law and solely in the national interests of Belarus, are besmirched and labeled,” he said.

At the meeting Mikalai Ulakhovich came up with the idea of creation the Belarusian Cossack army. The Cossacks addressed president Alyaksandr Lukashenka with the corresponding request.

A number of experts are voice fears that Mr Ulakhovich and initiative threaten the country’s national unity and independence. According to historian Ales Krautsevich, they have no historical roots in Belarus. The present-day Cossack organization is Russia’ fifth column, the expert believes.

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