Valery Tsepkalo, the founder of the Belarusian High Technology Park, who was called one of the main rivals of the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential race, told Forbes about his immediate plans.
“Now the election campaign will be going on for another two weeks. That’s why I’m going to the campaign. This is a more effective way than sitting in the so-called “American” – KGB prison,” Tsepkalo said.
He called his main goal to show the Belarusian society the “essence of the regime”, to demonstrate how Lukashenko “violates the constitution, laws, falsifies documents.”
“Being outside Belarus, I can remain media. And Lukashenka will not receive a gift in the form of detention,” Tsepkalo said.
The oppositionist left Belarus with his children for fear of persecution. Tsepkalo has not been officially registered as a candidate. At the end of June, the Interior Ministry began a pre-investigation check on his “illegal activities” on the statement of the owner of a group of construction companies, who claims that the politician did not pay him for the construction of the house.
Ex-presidential contender Tsepkalo leaves Belarus
Another contender for the presidency, former head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko, is in jail on suspicion of organizing a criminal group to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars abroad. The candidate was officially registered Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – the wife of arrested blogger Sergei Tikhanovskiy, who also planned to run. The headquarters of Tikhanovskaya, Babariko, and Tsepkalo merged