Valery Cephalopoda: Reuters
Fled to Russia, the founder of the Belarusian high-tech Park Valery Tsepkalo, who was called one of the main rivals of the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential race, said in an interview with Forbes about his future plans.
“Now another two weeks will go to the campaign. Therefore, I will deal with the election campaign. This is a more effective way than sitting in the so-called “American” — the KGB jail,” said Tsepkalo.
He called his main purpose is to show the Belarusian society “the essence of the regime”, to demonstrate how Lukashenko “violates the Constitution, laws, falsificare documents”.
“Being outside of Belarus, I can stay media. And Lukashenko gift in the form of remand me into custody will not receive”, — said Tsepkalo.
The opposition left Belarus together with children, for fear of persecution. Tsepkalo is not officially registered as a candidate. In late June, the interior Ministry launched a preliminary inquiry about his “illegal activities” at the request of the owner of the group of construction companies, who claims that the politician did not pay him for building a house.
Another contender for the presidency, former head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko, is in jail on suspicion of organizing a criminal group to bring hundreds of millions of dollars abroad. Candidate officially registered Svetlana Tikhanovski — wife arrested blogger Sergei Tikhanovski, who is also planning to run. Headquarters Tikhanovski, Babariko and Tsepkalo United.
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