Monday, March 05, 2007

Belarus Dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka Joins Sergei Ivanov and Dmitry Medvedev As Candidate To Replace President Putin Of Russian Federation In 2008

February 28, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A Russian ultra-right movement has launched a campaign to propose Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka as a candidate for Russia's 2008 presidential election.

Aleksei Kanurin, an activist from Russia's Movement Against Illegal Immigration, has recently inaugurated a campaign called "Lukashenka-2008" and has launched a website to promote the idea.

Kanurin said in an interview published on the website that Lukashenka has not been consulted about the campaign.

"We do not need [such a consultation], our task is to create the situation in which people, including Alyaksandr Ryhoravich [Lukashenka], will have a choice," Kanurin added.

Presidential Ambitions

Asked how Lukashenka, who does not have Russian citizenship, could be allowed to run in the 2008 presidential election in Russia, Kanurin said it is a "technical issue."

"Representatives of this movement have not yet contacted the president's press office to talk about their initiative or their priorities and goals. That is why I personally do not have a firm opinion about this initiative," Lukashenka’s spokesman, Pavel Lohki, told Belapan on February 27.

In the 1990s, there was speculation in the Belarusian and Russian media that Lukashenka harbored ambitions to be the head of a proposed Russia-Belarus union state.

Lukashenka, who has been president since 1994, recently told Reuters that, health permitting, he has no intention of abandoning politics.

That has prompted a new wave of speculation on whether the 53-year-old president will run for a fourth term in Belarus's 2011 presidential election." ...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty "Belarus: Lukashenka Promoted As Russian Presidential Candidate" February 28, 2007

Pro-democracy in Belarus demonstrators in New York City.

Photo credit: With thanks.


And with many thanks to Adam Goodman, America's writer, artist, and ecologist in residence in Pinsk, Belarus, Future European Union, for reminding me to 'think blue' this March. See his The Being Had Times. News from Belarus and Eastern Europe.


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