Belarusian protesters call for general strike against Lukashenko

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Konstantin Zatulin, a Russian lawmaker specializing in the post-Soviet space, told the New York Times this month that officials “at the highest level in the Russian Federation” believe Lukashenko should resign “sooner or later. “.

Some protesters believe they need to keep the pressure on until Mr Putin takes action.

“We are waiting, perhaps waiting, for the fall of the regime,” said Eduard Sventetsky, a strike leader at the Minsk tractor factory who fled to Poland in August. “It depends on the leaders sitting in the Kremlin in Moscow.”

Mr Lukashenko, however, seems to be betting he can outlive the protesters. Indeed, thousands of Belarusians, including many employees of its once thriving tech sector, have left the country in recent months for neighboring Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland.

Liza Moroz, a 23-year-old Belarusian journalist, moved to Kiev, Ukraine about two months ago. She was actively involved in the protests in August, but lately there have been few Instagram posts except some acquaintances to keep her up to date with events at her home. Most of her friends, she said, have also left Belarus.

“I don’t know if I want to come back,” Ms. Moroz said over the phone. “Whatever’s going on – I think it’s going to take a long time. “

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