Europe turns blind eye to Belarusian election realities, expert claims

No special measures are needed to detect violations in the domestic elections. The core mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has just arrived in Minsk, but everyone is already discussing the massive failure to include opposition representatives in the election commissions. The observers are faced with the task of recording these phenomena.

Alyaksandr Klaskousky, political observer:

“Now there is this trend that Europe, if not quite turns a blind eye, but squints a little bit at the Belarusian reality, because there are geopolitical interests, there is a desire to support the Belarusian independence, even under the current government. Therefore, I admit that there may be a certain softness present in the OSCE observations”.

Since 1996, the OSCE has not recognized a single election campaign in our country as free and democratic. The last time two candidates from bodies not loyal to the authorities passed into the House of Representatives, Western observers saw an improvement. But it was not enough to call the election really free.

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