The decision of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to hold a parade on Victory Day, despite the epidemic of the coronavirus, “inappropriately”. This opinion Belarusian writer, Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich expressed on 8 may on air of radio station “Echo of Moscow”.
“What is happening to us is that, I think that has something to do with some… Just melocotonero not explain it. I don’t know. Probably an inappropriate reaction, I’d say. Mentally inadequate response. Because otherwise I can’t explain. This is such a powerful will that person that is able to subdue a huge country. And nobody is, who’s gonna tell him that’s crazy. And people go there as to the boa,” said she.
The writer believes that Lukashenka is competing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“They have a fight with Putin. But he really is. And Lukashenka is offended, Lukashenko has claims to Russia. Of course, a personal encounter. This is very important. For example, I’m not a supporter of Putin, as you know, but I can say that it behaves quite rationally. Adequate decisions are taken. These hospitals are being built. Well, a lot of things done… And the abandonment of the parade, and the mayor is behaving very adequately,” explained the author.
On 16 April Putin canceled the annual Victory parade because of the epidemic of the coronavirus. He reported that all celebrations on the occasion will be held later in 2020.
May 9 in Minsk, despite the pandemic of coronavirus, a parade was held, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of world war II. The Ministry of defense of Belarus announced participation in the parade 4 thousand soldiers, 185 units of tracked and wheeled vehicles.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, may 9 in Belarus are registered more than 22 thousand patients COVID-19 (died 126), in Russia – nearly 199 thousand (died 1827).