On Wednesday afternoon, unknown people were trying to get into the apartment of prominent Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, poet and translator Tatsyana Nyadbai said on Facebook.
A bit later, Alexievich addressed the Belarusian Association of Journalists, asking media workers to come to the block of flats she resides in, and left her address (Starazhouskaya 6, entrance 4).
Svetlana Alexievich is the only one of the seven members of the board of the opposition Coordination Council (CC) who remains at large. The other representatives were jailed (Liliya Ulasava, Maryia Kalesnikava, Syarhei Dyleuski), detained (Maksim Znak) or forced out of the country (Pavel Latushka, Volha Kavalkova).
Belsat TV is monitoring the situation.
As reported earlier, Lukashenka’s strongest rival Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya initiated the creation of the CC as part of taking urgent measures to restore law and order in Belarus as well as to ensure the transfer of power in the country. The Council comprises about 600 members. Last week, Belarus’ Prosecutor General initiated criminal proceedings over establishing the Council, naming it a ‘threat to national security’. The authorities believe the body aims at seizing power in Belarus.
In Monday’s interview to Russia’s state-owned media outlets, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said he would not hold negotiations with the Coordination Council, voicing the false information that they wanted to ‘break off relations with brotherly Russia’. Earlier, Council members had repeatedly denied the allegation.
In early September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Moscow’ sees no sense in establishing contacts with representatives of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition until the Council obtains a legal status and a clear program’. Russia recognised Lukashenka’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, he added.