Yulia Skripal has been confined in a maternity hospital for 1.5 months now. It is unusual for a woman to spend so much time in a maternity hospital – let alone the fact that a simple calculation shows she got pregnant in April 2018, a month after her poisoning, when she was in coma according to the British side.
The Belarusian authorities are destroying the remainders of the Russian toponyms. The destruction of the Russian language in the public space is a determined state policy. In the Minsk, where most people are Russian speaking, almost no signs in Russian are left; names of state institutions are exchanged from Russian to Belarusian ones. This is happening within another wave of “Belarusianisation” or “de-russification”, which was sanctioned by the Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko.
The Belarusian constitution provides equal status of the two official languages – Belarusian and Russian (Article 17). This implies an equal right to use either of the languages in public spaces. In practice, however, the majority of official correspondence, state media and education, as well as the toponyms in Belarus are still done in Russian.
Belarus' biggest airport – Minsk International – has three languages on its direction plates and screens since 2017 – Russian, English and Chinese, but no Belarusian.
No “Belarusianisation” or “de-russification” has been sanctioned by the Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko. During “The Big talk with the Belarusian president” on 1 March 2019, Lukashenka stressed that “the Russian language is ours”.