What parallels can be drawn between the existing state of affairs in Belarus and the unfolding situation of Zimbabwe? And how should the change of power be conducted in authoritarian states? Belarusian political analyst Alyaksandr Klaskouski is reasoning about the subject in Belsat TV show Hot Commentary.
“Russia is round the corner. When Alyaksandr Lukashenka found himself in the hot seat at the beginning of his rule, Russian troops arrived and resolved the problem his favor by exerting pressure on certain persons. Being a neighbour of the state which failed to get rid of its imperial ambitions and still wants to keep Belarus underfoot creates extra risks. They may carry out a special operation to tap a tamer peron, a real puppet,” said Klaskouski.
According to the political analyst, there is no strong candicate to take power from Lukashenka, because political elite hardly exists in Belarus.