Resilient Belarusian Civil Society

The Democratic Movement Remains Strong After a Year of Oppression

19 August 2021

Although transformed mainly online, the Belarusian civil society has maintained its pressure on the Lukashenka regime and fostered relationships between heads of state in Europe and North America. Many hope that, in the near future, cracks will begin to show in the authoritarian government and nomenklatura, and until then, constant moral and financial support is needed to keep democratic activities functioning.

Recently, Visegrad Insight’s Marysia Ciupka spoke with Franak Viačorka, senior advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and Michał Potocki, a Polish journalist and expert on Ukraine and Belarus, and recently an editor of Polish book project supporting journalists in Belarus.

VI: [It’s been over] a year since the rigged elections in Belarus. So my first question would be on what has changed during that one year in terms of civil society and the potential for change of the system in Belarus.

Franak Viačorka: I think we have an absolutely new quality of civil society. It is self-organised, well developed with its own infrastructure, with its leaders. And despite the terror, it still exists. Perhaps it gets more virtual.

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