Zmitser Dashkevich: Belarus will have own Biryulyovo sooner or later

The policy carried out by the Belarusian government creates conditions for national conflicts.

The former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich, believes that the events in Russia may repeat in Belarus sooner or later if Lukashenka continues to implement his labour migration policy.

He said it in an interview with Radio Svaboda.

-If authorities of any country provide an ill-considered migration policy, it destabilizes society. What we observe in Russia today can be seen in any country, including European ones, that has to invite migrant workers for jobs unpopular among citizens of a given country. We don’t experience such conflicts now. Yet, protests similar to those in Russia will occur in Belarus sooner or later, if Lukashenka continues his policy, our citizens have to go abroad to work and people from North Korea, China and other countries are invited here – he said.

On Sunday in the Western Biryulyovo district in southern Moscow near the place where Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, was killed in front of his girlfriend by a non-Slavic migrant on the night of 10 October. The gathering turned into violent clashes and riots.

A mob consisting of more than 1000 people headed by nationalists and football fans went to the Biryiza shopping centre. People broke windows and tried to set the building on fire. About 400 people are reported by the Interior Ministry to be detained. They are being questioned in the criminal case considering hooliganism.

Lukashenka said on 11 October during a press conference for Russian journalists that Belarus was ready to accept 10 million workers for permanent residency.

Other political prisoners

  • Ivan Haponau
  • Valery Sedov
  • Dzmitry Us
  • Ales Kirkievich
  • Jauhien Vaskovich