Belarus: Accusations of coup attempt

Russian FSB detains two individuals plotting coup in Belarus, assassination of Lukashenko

17 Apr. 2021

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained two individuals who plotted a military coup in Belarus and an assassination attack on President Alexander Lukashenko, the FSB Public Relations Center said on Saturday.
“In a special operation conducted by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation alongside the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus (KGB), the illegal activities of Yuri Leonidovich Zyankovich, a dual citizen of the United States and the Republic of Belarus, and Belarusian citizen Alexander Feduta were prevented, as those had been scheming to stage a military coup in Belarus in accordance with the tried and tested ‘color revolution’ scenario with the involvement of local and Ukrainian nationalists, as well as the physical removal of President Alexander Lukashenko,” the FSB said.
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Expulsion of Russian diplomats to distract attention from Belarus, lawmaker says

18 Apr. 2021

Decision of authorities of the Czech Republic to expel 18 Russian diplomats aims to distract attention from activities of an organized group plotting against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, head of the Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky said on YouTube channel Solovyev Live.
According to the lawmaker, “as soon as accusations directed towards the US president were voiced” then, “as if by command,” the Czech authorities announced expulsion of the Russian diplomats.
“It is obvious that it was absolutely clearly staged. Belarusians attack the United States and we will distract [attention] both in the political and the information sphere and will attack Russia,” the lawmaker said. According to him, European politicians, controlled by Washington, “will in every way pull the attention away from the situation in Belarus.” “They haven’t even tried to come up at short notice with something new and intelligible,” he said.
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