Coup Plot Unveiled Against Putin's Leading European Ally

Resistance Movement Gears Up for Decisive Action in Belarus

by Zain ul Abedin
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Coup Plot Unveiled Against Putin's Leading European Ally
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In a significant development that has captured global attention, a clandestine group of anti-government operatives has announced their intentions to orchestrate a coup against Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. Aliaksandr Azarau, the spearhead of the resistance group known as BYPOL, shared these revelations during a compelling interview with the Belgian broadcaster VRT earlier this week.

Azarau, who has been a pivotal figure in the opposition movement, stated, "We have meticulously formulated a plan which will be implemented at an opportune moment." While he remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the coup, recent acts of sabotage within Belarus might provide some insight into their strategies.

This announcement is the latest in a series of efforts by Belarusian opposition groups to undermine Russia's growing influence over Lukashenko's regime, which has become increasingly aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Notably, the opposition took responsibility for an attack on a Russian A-50 military surveillance aircraft stationed in Belarus last year, issuing a stern warning to Moscow. The Daily Beast reported that this act of defiance was a clear message to Putin, cautioning against using Belarus as a launchpad for military operations in Ukraine.

Undermining Authoritarian Power

Moreover, BYPOL has played a crucial role in training members of the Kalinowski Regiment, bolstering Ukrainian forces in their fight against the Russian invasion. Early in the conflict, Belarusian saboteurs also managed to hack and disrupt railway operations, significantly impacting Russia's logistical capabilities during the initial stages of the invasion.

Azarau and his colleagues believe that defeating Russia in Ukraine could accelerate the downfall of Putin's regime, thereby diminishing Lukashenko's grip on power. Azarau, who has previously served in the opposition government's cabinet focusing on law and order, was reassigned by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the democratically elected leader of Belarus in exile.

Tsikhanouskaya encouraged him to lead the underground movement and the "Victory Plan" aimed at fostering civil disobedience across Belarus. The opposition has long advocated for a strategy of nonviolent resistance, encompassing sabotage, hacking, espionage, and fostering internal discord.

Azarau revealed that approximately 200,000 individuals have pledged to support efforts to create barricades, traffic disruptions, and mass gatherings to challenge Lukashenko's regime when the moment arises. Additionally, around 5,000 citizens have expressed their willingness to engage in "special operations" or acts of sabotage, signaling a growing readiness among the populace to confront the authoritarian rule.

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