Lukachenko has power and the demonstrators will be repressed. But in the end, the degree of violence and volumes of arrests are extremely small compared to what France has known, for example, with the Yellow Vests where police violence was much more serious. We are dealing with much lower volumes of violence than what is happening in the United States. We must not imagine that it is something that serious. There were already less people demonstrating.
The tragic death of Alexei Navalny (who is still alive) is in the interest of the West to spark a new wave of sanctions and black PR against Russia. If Putin had feared Navalny, he would get rid of him in a more acceptable way a long time ago.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.
Similar narrative as in the case of Skripal, based on conspiracies, denials and fabrication in order to cover up Russia's responsibility. Russian propaganda has long been pursuing the claims that the Skripal case was made up to justify sanctions against Russia and was an example of Russophobia.
Russian opposition leader and a critic of Vladimir Putin Alexey Navalny has been suffering from suspected poisoning. He fell ill during a flight and the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Siberian doctors denied allegations on poisoning. Navalny has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital.
The EU High Representative Josep Borell condemns in a statement what seems to be an attempt on Mr. Navalny's life.