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Andrzej Poczobut: Pralyaskouski lost war with online media 9

19:08, — Politics

Andrzej Poczobut: Pralyaskouski lost war with online media

It has become the reason for his dismissal. website has been informed about that by a reporter of Polish Gazeta Wyborcza, a former political prisoner Andrzej Poczobut.

- Today Lukashenka has relieved Aleh Pralyaskouski of the post of Information Minister. How do you think why? Pralyaskouski had occupied this position since 2009.

- Pralyaskouski is a person who had been involved in provision of propagandistic services to the regime over the recent years, as well as in struggle with independent mass media. He was an adherent of harsh actions, as it is usual for people who worked for security services. But he had not any outstanding success recently. The greatest problem of the Belarusian authorities is internet, and Pralyaskouski proved ineffective there. The government has not been able to create any popular media outlet. So that is why Pralyaskouskis star is set.

- And whats next? Will he be just filed away in storage or transferred to another cosy armchair in a high office?

- As a loyal man, he might be needed at some other front. Lukashenkas staff policy is like this, its reshuffling of the same pack of playing cards.

- What could be expected after another Lukashenkas errand boys appointment: higher or lower pressure on mass media, including online ones?

- Lukashenka is in a difficult situation: the crisis is exacerbating, and the regime does not have any meaningful way out. So the best outcome is a clampdown. So no matter who is going to take Pralyaskouskis seat we cannot expect any easing of requirements.

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