Leader of Belarusian Popular Front skeptical about new Nyaklyayew-led movement

The Belarusian Popular Front’s leader has expressed skepticism about former presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyayew’s plans to establish a new opposition movement.

Alyaksey Yanukevich“Personally I treat Nyaklyayew with respect. He declares important goals,” Alyaksey Yanukevich said at a meeting of the opposition party’s Soym (Council) in Minsk on Saturday. “But there are a number of things that make one treat his initiative with skepticism or even wariness.”

Earlier this month, Mr. Nyaklyayew said that he was founding a Movement for the Statehood and Independence of Belarus.

Mr. Yanukevich said that the organization was unlikely to gain broad public support and stressed that funding for a new opposition movement in Belarus could come only from Russia in the current situation. “And it surely would be aimed at advancing Russian interests,” he warned.

Mr. Yanukevich noted that he was puzzled by the presidential aspirations of Ales Mekh, deputy chairman of the movement. “I don’t understand how they will decide who will run in the election. Maybe both of them will,” he said. // BelaPAN