Around 300 people responded to the call by oppositional politicians Mikalai Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu to protest in October Square on 12 September against the rigged parliamentary elections. The gathering in central Minsk started peacefully, but after the authorities tried to provoke the demonstrators, they began to march in protest.
For the first time since the 2000 election, opposition candidates have been elected to the Belarusian parliament. While this is certainly not a revolution, it represents another step towards the West.
Belarus is a unique case in the post-Soviet space: Contrary to all its neighbours, political parties are nearly absent in daily life and they do not play any role in the decision-making process. This situation dates back to President Alexander Lukashenko’s takeover of the power in 1994.
Es scheint wie eine postsowjetische Erfolgsgeschichte: Innerhalb weniger Jahre wandelte sich die georgische Hafenstadt Batumi vom abtrünnigen Sorgenkind zur Glücksspielhochburg mit zahlreichen Luxushotels. Doch nun lassen Überkapazitäten und Bauruinen eine überdrehte Entwicklung erkennen.