Opposition questions Lukashenka’s son access to assault rifle

The Coordinating Council of the opposition has questioned the grounds for giving combat weapons to the minor son of the self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alyaksandr Lukashenka, a member of the Presidium of the Council Maryia Kalesnikava said at a press conference on Monday.

The day before there appeared a video of Lukashenka and his 15-year-old son Mikalai flying by helicopter, all dressed in military gear. The same day, the press service of the President distributed a video footage of Mikalai sitting at a table with an assault rifle and in a bulletproof vest.

According to Kalesnikava, the fact of giving minor an access to weapons should be verified by the “competent authorities”.

A member of the Coordination Council also called yesterday’s appearance of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the Independence Palace with an assault rifle “strange”.

On Sunday, a large-scale protest rally took place in Minsk. Its participants reached the State Flag Square, where the Independence Palace is located. After the law enforcement officers cordoned off the avenue, Alyaksandr Lukashenka flew to the Palace. He got out of the helicopter in a bulletproof vest, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.