Sikhanovskaya, who was in Washington for a meeting with senior administrative officials, told reporters on Tuesday that she provided a list of companies that have been monopolized by the regime of strong Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko “and his comrades”, including Belarusian potash makers. Also contains oil. Wood and Steel Enterprises.
On Tuesday, she will meet with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Samantha Power and US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) acting CEO Kelu Chao. Tsikhanovskaya said she intended to discuss further “potential international efforts to isolate the regime, making (Lukashenko) toxic and costly for Russia, both politically and economically”, through both tangible and symbolic separation. is.
However, she later noted that she did not want to go into too much detail about Russia “because our fight is not between East and West, our fight is between past and future.”
“Our fight is inside Belarus, and we are fighting for common values, for human rights, for the rule of law, for democratic changes, and it makes a lot of sense for the United States. For Russia, You know, if Russia wants to play a constructive role in getting out of the Belarusian crisis, they just have to stop supporting Lukashenko,” he said, adding that he asked the US government to help send the message that if the actor was in Belarus. If they do not want to help in the fight for democracy, they should not interfere in it either.
Tsikhanovskaya said she discussed sanctions and support for civil society in her meeting on Monday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland and other senior State Department officials. She noted that many Belarusians had to flee the country, many lost their jobs, businesses were closed and the mass media were destroyed by the Lukashenko regime.
“All these people keep fighting, but they need help. And we have to find ways that are first on the ground, how to provide volunteers for political prisoners, their relatives, workers on the ground. Equipment to print newspapers, to supply people with lawyers, to help pay fees for people so that the regime does not put their children in orphanages and confiscate property,” she said. Of course, supporting journalists and mass media through traditional and (emerging media) channels such as YouTube, Telegram is important, because we need to provide information to the world.”
Tsikhanovskaya said they also discussed “justice” at the meeting, “because it is necessary to avoid punishment.”
“We have been collecting evidence of all crimes since August 9. We are aggregating them in one place and the European Union has launched an international accountability forum,” he said, noting that they are prosecuting perpetrators of violent repression in Belarus Hope to bring it to justice. Changes are made once in the former Soviet state.
Asked by CNN whether she thinks Lukashenko should be tried before an international body such as the International Criminal Court, Shikhanovskaya said, “It is clear that Lukashenko is a criminal,” but “it is very difficult to bring him to justice in the International Court of Justice.” because that’s actually protected immunity.”
“And now many international lawyers are looking for loopholes … because they are not recognized by most countries, you know, how can they be exempted from this exemption according to the constitution and start an investigation against them? is,” she said.
Tsikhanovskaya, a former teacher whose husband was imprisoned by the Lukashenko regime, described her plight, saying that although she lives in Lithuania, she lives in fear every day. She also rejected the title “leader of the opposition”, saying she is “not leading the opposition movement, because we are the majority.”
“It is the people themselves who are fighting. Even if Tsikhanovskaya disappears one day, I do not know what the reasons are, this rebellion, this movement will continue,” she said. “We are not fighting for a leader, we are fighting against a dictatorship.”