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Lukashenko's Resistance

Double standards of "mercenarism" and the armed corps of democratic forces

Big interview of Artsiom Praskalovich, responsible for internal policy and public administration in NAM, to the Euroradio channel.

Criminal liability for "mercenarism," introduced after 2014, since February 24, 2022, de facto applies only to pro-Ukrainian volunteers — legally it is impossible to protect them in Belarus. However, pro-Russian mercenaries should not be complacent: if the "political wind" changes, they will be hooked on the regime, and outside Belarus and Russia they will become the subject of interest of Interpol. And for life.

On the decisive day, the task of the paramilitary units of the democratic forces under the leadership of the United Transitional Cabinet is the possibility of legal protection of the peaceful Belarusians in case of violence on the part of the security forces. The core of these forces will probably consist of Belarusian volunteers gaining combat experience at the fronts of Ukraine.

These are not necessarily classical units with permanent deployment and specific attributes. On the surface, they could be ordinary people with the right to legally own weapons and access to training, who at the right moment will gather at a certain point under the command of a predetermined person. Such tactics are almost impossible to implement in Belarus, but are feasible abroad.

The best-trained formations can be designed to resist Lukashenko's combat-ready special units, which, in fact, are not many in the overall structure of the troops. And also to deter Russian armed forces in the event of an invasion of Belarus.

Other important topics of the interview:

  • What will the NAM work on as part of the United Transitional Cabinet?

  • What prevents Ukraine and other countries from recognizing the Lukashenko regime as terrorist?

  • How many civil servants of the personnel reserve need to be trained for the transit period in Belarus?


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