The Russian intelligentsia, represented by the musician Andrei Makarevich, the writer Dmitry Bykov and dozens of other famous personalities, sent a collective letter to the people of Belarus. Among those who signed the appeal was Tatyana Yumasheva, daughter of the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin.
Russian intellectuals admitted that they are watching the events in Belarus with pain and hope. And peaceful protests and nonviolent actions inspire their strongest support.
"We are deeply indignant that the authorities prefer violence to dialogue with society. The actions of the security forces are not adequate to the situation," they expressed their attitude to the crackdown on protests. The intellectuals recalled that police violence led not only to hundreds of victims, but also to the dead.
Belarusian civil activists are either imprisoned or forced to stay abroad. Among them is the leader of the Belarusian protest Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Many people are intimidated.
“It seems to Alexander Lukashenko that he is demonstrating strength - no, he is demonstrating powerlessness,” the authors of the letter are sure.
They added that peaceful protests should ultimately lead to the Belarusian authorities being forced to sit down at the negotiating table. Well, those guilty of bullying must be punished.
It should be noted that recently the Nobel laureate in literature Svetlana Tikhanovich hastened to be indignant that people in Russia pay suspiciously little attention and express insufficient support to the Belarusian protesters. The Russian intelligentsia responded with individual and collective letters, in which they tried to dissuade the writer.