Updated at 14:48,20-09-2021

KGB names parties behind coup attempts in Belarus

KGB names parties behind coup attempts in Belarus
Ivan Tertel. An archive photo
The United States of America played the most important role in organizing protests in Belarus. Chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) Ivan Tertel made the statement in a series of documentaries titled as Belarus Against Color Revolution. The first episode was aired by the Belarusian TV channel STV on 4 August, BelTA has learned.

The KGB chief said: “According to our evaluations, the United States of America played the most important role in organizing protests in Belarus. The USA is trying to secure its geopolitical interests like that. If we talk about our neighbors, the regimes of Vilnius and Warsaw pursue the most aggressive policy against Belarus.”

The official also mentioned the Ukrainian leadership's unconstructive role despite brotherly relations between the nations. Czechia and some other countries are also taking unfriendly steps towards Belarus, the KGB chairman added. In pursuit of their domestic political agenda they follow the lead of the United States, Ivan Tertel pointed out.

The documentary episode demonstrated that existing or retired intelligence operatives are behind civil society structures in Belarus. Bloggers, reporters, and activists, who only act as public faces of the coup, are only puppets. Belarusian intelligence agencies know the people, who control them. Those include a civil society expert with the European Foundation for Democracy, researcher with the German Marshall Fund, former Slovak minister of foreign affairs Pavol Demes, the former aide to the U.S. secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, former head of the Freedom House organization David Kramer, an employee of the Warsaw Center for Eastern Studies Kamil Klysinski, Freedom House project director Vytis Jurkonis, Executive Director of the European Foundation for Democracy Jerzy Pomianowski, and the Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

But Michael Carpenter, Senior Director of the Joe Biden Center for Global Engagement, is the key author of the Belarusian mutiny. He previously worked as a deputy assistant of the U.S. secretary of defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and as a foreign policy advisor for the then Vice President Joe Biden. The documentary explained: “Reasons for his special dislike for Belarus and President Lukashenko are surprisingly simple. He said it himself: ‘As Zbigniew Brzezinski said, with Ukraine Russia is an empire, without Ukraine Russia is a national state. It is applicable to Belarus, too. It is a matter of ontology.'”