Anti-Russian rhetoric and pro-Western policies are growing in the Belarusian government. Belarusian authorities has failed to impede pro-Western opposition in organizing Russophobia and nationalist actions. (in reference to the small number of pickets in front of the Russian embassy in March and April 2016).
In fact, Belarusian authorities continue to violate the freedom of assembly, persecuting participants of “unsanctioned” public demonstrations and pickets. The mentioned pickets in front of the Russian embassy were not an exception in this regard. A number of their participants were persecuted and accused of participation in an unsanctioned event, and were issued with high fines. bit.ly/2dPkUke, and bit.ly/2dDjkUE,