According to the FSB, an attack on President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus was prevented. The Moscow Federal Security Service announced Saturday evening that two men, along with the authorities in neighboring Belarus, have been arrested in Moscow, one of whom is an American citizen.
Lukashenko himself said on Sunday that a coup and attempted murder against him and his family had been thwarted. All this, according to Lukashenko, could have been prepared by the United States.
The head of the KGB, Ivan Tertil, said in a video that an armed revolt was being prepared with the aim of overthrowing the country’s leadership. The president, his family, and senior officials should have been killed. In addition, important buildings in the former Soviet republic had to be occupied.
According to Lukashenko, the Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested two Belarusians in Moscow: the political scientist Alexander Veduta and the lawyer Yuri Zinkovich – the latter also holds US citizenship. “They showed us how they planned everything, and then revealed that it was the work of foreign intelligence agencies, most likely the CIA and the FBI,” Lukashenko said in a videotape distributed by the presidency.
Neither Russia nor the United States has yet responded to the statements of the Belarusian dictator.
Lukashenko has repeatedly accused the opposition of plotting a violent coup. During the mass protests against him, he earlier said that a revolution like the one in neighboring Ukraine had been prevented.
After the presidential elections on August 9 last year, which are widely seen as fraud, hundreds of thousands of people have regularly called for Lukashenko to resign and for new elections to be held. His victory in the election was declared with 80.1 percent of the vote. The European Union does not recognize Lukashenko as president and has imposed sanctions on the regime in Minsk, which can still count on Russia’s support.