Updated at 14:03,08-08-2022

Frankenstein. Belarusian variant

by Andrzej Poczobut, charter97.org

Unprecedented – this is the word often used yesterday to describe the arrest of Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner.

I have no reasons to disagree. Using a meeting with the prime minister to lure the suspect into your territory is unprecedented.

It is impossible in normal countries.

In a normal country, Miasnikovich would be giving comments to the media 30 minutes after information about the arrest of his guest appeared in news. After his explanations he would resign or dismiss top security officials who allowed the head of the government to hold talks with a person suspected of committing serious crimes.

We saw neither the first thing nor the other. We are a special country. Who is Miasnikovich? Number 2 person in the state? Don't make me laugh. Even a kid knows who is the boss. The rest are extras and clerks.

What an image can a clerk have? He does what he was ordered to do. All are happy.

Let's forget Miasnikovich.

Aliaksandr Lukashenka has risked it all many times for his long political life. Everyone got used that he always wins. Even if he loses, helpful propagandists launch a continuous attack on people's minds to convince them that Lukashenka again defeated the entire world.

Most people don't doubt who will be the winner.

The situation seems to be unambiguous.

An influential Russian businessman was enticed into the allied country. He held talks with the authorities. Being not satisfied with the results, the hosting party arrested him and presented charges.

If the parties had agreed, he would not have been arrested. They didn't agree. He was arrested.

No matter how you slice it, but the arrest of the CEO of the company that earned 3,950mn dollars only in 2012 is a blow to Russia's interests and clear defiance to the Kremlin.

I am not sorry for Russia. It has been supporting Lukashenka for 19 years. The Kremlin has always been offering him a helping hand when his power was unstable. Politician Lukashenka and his political system – they are a Russian product to a great extent.

The creature gave a punch to its creator. The plot like in Mary Shelley's novel.

"Urrie, Urrie, where's his button?" a well-know character from a popular series of my childhood asked. The Kremlin has similar thoughts now.

Does Lukashenka has the button? Does Vladimir Putin know where it is? Or vice versa. Are Lukashenka and his security agencies looking for the button of the Kremlin?

We'll learn the answers to these questions in the near future.

While the Investigation Committee is learning how to change the name Baumgertner in different grammatical cases, Mr Baumgertner is familiarising himself with the peculiarities of the Belarusian penitentiary system and Mr Miasnikovich is getting prepared for new meetings.

He has so may people to meet with!