First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Viktor Vodolatsky told RIA Novosti that the committee has nothing to talk about with Pavel Latushko, a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council (CC) of the Belarusian opposition.
Earlier, Latushko said that after speaking in the European Parliament, he was ready to speak at a meeting in the Russian State Duma, so that the representative of the Constitutional Court’s position, and appealed to the State Duma deputies with a corresponding proposal in a video message that was posted on Monday in his Telegram channel.
Earlier on Monday, Latushko spoke via video link at a meeting of the EP committee on foreign affairs.
“If this citizen turned to our profile committee, of course, we would have nothing to talk to him about, because we have one hundred percent information that the so-called opposition coordination council is under the clear and strict control of the center for managing the situation in Belarus. This center includes the special services of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, and today they coordinate the activities of the entire coordination council, “Vodolatsky told RIA Novosti.
The parliamentarian noted that when the coordinating council says that the situation in Belarus is their internal affair, and he himself, led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, asks to introduce economic sanctions against his people, because of which every Belarusian can lose his job, wages, wealth in the family, “then this is no longer the opposition, these are the enemies of Belarus, and we have nothing to talk about with the enemies of Belarus,” concluded Vodolatsky.
Earlier, representatives of the opposition of Belarus, who did not agree with the results of the presidential elections in the republic, created a coordination council for the transit of power. They consider Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to be the elected leader and demand the appointment of new elections in the country. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus, in connection with the creation of the Constitutional Court, opened a criminal case on calls to seize power. To date, five of the seven members of the Constitutional Court Presidium have been arrested or are abroad. Tikhanovskaya, on whose initiative the Constitutional Court was created, left for Lithuania after the elections for security reasons. Latushko left for Poland.
Massive opposition protests began across Belarus on August 9, after the presidential election, which was won by the current Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he gained 80.1% of the vote. In the first days, the actions were suppressed by the security forces; against the protesters who did not agree with the results, they used tear gas, flash-noise grenades, water cannons, and rubber bullets. According to official data, over 6,700 people were detained in the first days. As the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic reported at the time, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, among them over 130 law enforcement officers.
Promotions take place within a month after the elections – both on weekdays and on weekends. At the same time, Lukashenka’s supporters also hold events in support of him.