Faced by imperialist sanctions Belarus has released the criminal politician Andrei Sannikov. Sannikov was the right wing candidate in the 2010 presidential elections. His agenda is to restore capitalism, and thus privatize industry. Sannikov is the Belarusian inheritor of the criminal ideas of Yeltsin. To see what would happen if he came to power we need only look at the 1990's destruction of the Russian economy and social system, and the grinding poverty that resulted.
Sannikov lost the elections in comprehensive fashion with 79% backing socialism and President Lukashenko. In spite of this Sannikov continued to dispute results and encourage illegal disobedience among his tiny fringe of supporters. No doubt western leaders will be arranging trips to meet and greet Sannikov and present the anti people, anti democrat as a "democracy leader". David Cameron and his arm dealer "trade delegation" will be licking their lips with excitement at such an opportunity.
Of course if the same man was a communist and the positions reversed the west would be labeling him a dangerous man and encouraging an extensive stay in prison, who said the cold war was over?
There is clear hypocrisy. For all these years where has the international pressure been on Colombia to stop murdering/allowing the murders and arrests of trade unionists? Or Israel to release Marwan Barghouti or Mordechai Vananu among others? But when Belarus makes a supposedly politicized arrest the Europeans freeze the accounts of 29 Belarusian enterprises to cripple the economy, as well as impose travel bans on political leaders. And neither does it help that Putin has no interest in standing up for a neighbour as Russian companies have already acquired Belarusian state enterprises by virtue of oil diplomacy. The weaker Belarus gets the better as far as the Russian ruling class is concerned.
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