Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview the BBC television and radio company, in which he was forced to comment on the topic of repression and torture, which have undergone detained protesters in Minsk in an isolation ward on Akrestsin Street. BBC journalist Steven Rosenberg asked Lukashenka about the beatings of peaceful demonstrators, and also wanted to show him a video showing people leaving the detention center on Akrestsin Street with injuries received as a result of torture.
“Don’t, don’t. I admit it, I admit it, ”Lukashenka said, trying to hush up the topic. – And they got to Akrestsin there. And the beaten police … you are only fighters from Akrestsin – you did not show that they were beaten. “
Back in August, Lukashenka denied being tortured in the detention center on Akrestsin Street. “This is fake, this is not true. Listen, why torture them? The investigation was not conducted there. <...> And if there was someone with bruises, they got on the street when they rushed to the internal troops and riot police. And then they were detained, ”he said then. At the same time, Lukashenka made a reservation that “someone got it” at Akrestsin Street. “But mainly those who rushed to beat the cops, to settle scores with them, got drunk and punctured (in a state of drug intoxication), – quoted Lukashenko RBC. – Akrestsin Street is not a sanatorium. Point”.
Rosenberg also asked Lukashenka a question about the fact that by his actions he destroyed civil society, including closed in Belarus, according to human rights activists, 270 non-profit organizations since July 2021. “I’m answering your question, don’t bother. Cut out all the scoundrels you funded. Oh, you are concerned that we have destroyed your structures, NGOs, NGOs and others that you financed, ”Lukashenka replied to the British journalist.
In an interview with BBC Lukashenko did not deny that the Belarusian authorities were involved in the migration crisis on the borders with the EU countries. “Our people are helping them to get to Polish territory, right? Look, it’s possible. So I fully admit it. Perhaps someone helped, and I will not even understand. I said, I will not detain them at the border, keep them at the border. I repeat: I will not keep them at the border in the future if they go through Belarus. Because they are not coming to me, but to you. You stopped making contact and stopped working. If you don’t want it, don’t. We will solve this problem without you. The way it goes. But I didn’t invite them here. And, to be honest, I don’t want them to go through Belarus, ”Lukashenka said.
The team of ex-presidential candidate in Belarus, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya condemned the BBC for the decision to interview Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian opposition described this step as “providing a platform for the dictator to speak out.”