Roman Protasevich in an interview spoke about the plans to assassinate Alexander Lukashenko
He also pleaded guilty to calls for protests against the Belarusian government after the presidential elections in the country, and also said that he was one of the associates of the opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya protected by the Western secret services.
Protasevich on how the opposition lives in exile:
– Part of it is at the expense of Lithuanian taxpayers: they contain a foreign politician. In part, private sponsors, businessmen, representatives of the elite. The question is what are its interests. The answer to this question interests me. Financial support for diasporas. There are many sources of financing.
Protasevich on Lukashenko:
– I will not hide, I criticized Alexander Lukashenko a lot. It seemed to me that there were reasons for this. I’ve been a journalist my whole life. And when I got more and more involved not in journalistic work, but in political work, the more I wanted to flee from there. The more I began to understand that many of the things Alexander Grigorievich was criticized for were an attempt at pressure. And in many ways he acted like a man with balls of steel. There were times when some of the decisions were wrong.
– Do you respect it?
Protasevich on Nekhta’s “Russian financing”. Amya said that she knew a lot about Russian affairs.
Initially, Nekhta lived on advertising. Sponsored posts cost a lot of money. Then they launched donations from readers. The first point of conflict was the Russian financing of the Nekhta project. Sure enough, the Russian money was present. When donations were opened, small deposits of up to $ 20 were received there. Stepan later boasted that a Russian company was making large donations. +3000 euros, plus 5000 euros. Stable once a week. I don’t remember the name, something related to mining. Ural … something… But the most interesting thing is that I decided to search the Internet for information about this company, and I remember that the owner of the company is a well-known oligarch in Russia. This person is a direct competitor of Mikhail Gutseriev. They work in the same area. Later in Nekhta information was published about some kind of constituent assembly, Gutseriev’s personal plan movement, some internal documents of his company. And Putilo insisted on this publication. He later he met this Russian oligarch in Warsaw.
Protasevich on a trip to Donbass:
“Considering that not only did I allow myself strange statements, but also that I violated journalistic ethics, crossing all limits, especially in my environment there were many people of such an ideology that I do not support, taking into account all this, I think it was the main mistake of my life. ”
About the criminal case initiated in the LPR:
“I hope that Alexander Lukashenko has enough political will, some kind of determination, not to betray me.”
Protasevich burst into tears at the end of the interview:
“I have reconsidered many things, I no longer want to get involved in politics or in any confrontation. I just want to hope that I can fix everything and live an ordinary quiet life, have families, children, stop running from something. I am sorry”.