An alternative to the Belarusian president at the upcoming elections have become a realistic one, believes Kiryl Koktysh, an associate professor of political theory chair of Moscow Institute of International Relations. Ni his interview to a “Polit.ru” correspondent Koktysh underlined that taking in consideration indirect data, for today opposition candidate Alyaksandr Milinkevich has an equal number of supporters with Lukashenka, and it is not excluded that he even leads. Te actions of the Belarusian authorities, that had banned meetings of Milinkevich with voters, greatly limited opportunities of the opposition to use media, speak for that. Such actions of the Belarusian authorities demonstrate that they see a credible threat from the side of the united opposition.
Touching upon the position of Russia at the upcoming elections, Koktysh underlined that strategic partnership with Belarus is to be preserved with any candidate, which is a matter of no little interest, remembering the experience of relations with Ukraine. The most probable Lukashenka’s rival, Milinkevich, has visited Moscow on official visits several times already; that is why he is not an unexpected figure for the Kremlin.