The failed putsch in Belarus

Secret services of the USA and Poland have supported exiled Belarusians in planning an armed uprising in Belarus financed them. The coup plans have been uncovered by the intelligence services of Russia and Belarus. The main coup plotters were arrested at a conspiratorial meeting in Moscow. Russian intelligence filmed the meeting with hidden cameras, and parts of the footage have since been released. They show the ruthlessness with which the Western-backed coup plotters planned to proceed.

The failed putsch in Belarus

An armed uprising with many dead, the assassination of President Lukashenko and his family, and even the shutdown of the Belarusian power grid were planned. What consequences such a blackout in the closely interwoven European power grid would have had on neighboring states cannot even be imagined.

All this was discussed by the coup plotters and the recordings have been made public. The West can't deny any of it, so the Western media (so far) consistently keep quiet about the issue. There is not a single report about it in Germany even on Sunday evening, hours after all this was shown again in detail in the Russian program "News of the Week".

Apparently, in the editorial offices of the "quality media" they are still thinking about how to convey this story in such a way that in the end Belarus and Russia are the bad guys. We can be curious about the results of the creative work of the "quality journalists",

We translated a Russian broadcast and I recommend you to watch it because together with my translation you can easily understand it even without knowledge of Russian.

Two representatives of the radical Belarusian opposition, who were preparing an armed uprising in Minsk to eliminate Alexander Lukashenko, occupy radio and television centers, and block security forces and police, were arrested in Moscow.

This would sound like fantasy if this plan had not been devised by very well-known and easily recognizable people: Alexander Feduta and Yuras Zyankovich. Alexander Feduta is a Belarusian. Yuras Zyankovich has dual citizenship of Belarus and the United States. (Translator's note: These are actually well-known people, Feduta is a former companion of Lukashenko and used to be his press secretary and Zyankovich is quite a well-known opposition politician).

It is clear that the plan was to be carried out with the support of Western intelligence services. But the sheer simplicity with which the armed uprising in Minsk and the assassination of the head of state were planned is surprising. In the past, for camouflage purposes, at least, people were still brought into the streets so that it would somehow look like a revolution to which some color could be given. The people were ostensibly rebelling. But this time, after the revolution in Belarus didn't work out, it was decided to take the shortcut and organize an armed uprising and assassination. And the revolution? The revolution came later.

What was planned and how did those who planned it talk about it? And how did it turn out?

A reportage by Vitali Karmasin.

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These pictures show the detention of the American-Belarusian lawyer with dual citizenship Yuras or Yuri Zyankovich. Officers of the FSB are taking him away. He was detained in Moscow along with Alexander Feduta, a political scientist and former press secretary to the Belarusian president. One was living in Moscow. The second came only for a few days to discuss the coup in Minsk at a secret meeting with an alleged Belarusian officer. 

"According to information we received from Belarusian partners, ideologues of the Belarusian radical opposition Zyankovich and Feduta organized in private chats of a messenger service the plan of an armed uprising in Belarus and decided to hold a personal meeting in Moscow, using the measures of secrecy at their disposal," an FSB statement said.

The meeting took place at the "Korchma" restaurant on Moscow's Garden Ring. They rented a partitioned VIP room. The conversation began at an empty table. But their appetite to assassinate Lukashenko was immediately shown by Fedut and Zyankovich.

Zyankovich: "Task number one is to eliminate the most important. Task number two is to block the OMON security forces. Task number three is to occupy several important objects in the city center, including the radio station and the TV station, so that we can read out statements. And it would be desirable to seal off Minsk so that no outside troops can be brought in." (Translator's note: OMON is the name of the police anti-terrorist unit in Russia and Belarus.)

The armed uprising appears to have been carefully prepared. Among the goals were the occupation of the information infrastructure, the disorientation of troops, but first and foremost was the elimination of the commander-in-chief and his family.

"They planned to kidnap my children, one or both of them, as the case may be," Lukashenko said.

Feduta and Zyankovich even brought to the meeting in the restaurant a list of people who hold the highest positions in the authorities of Belarus. The plan was to eliminate them or take them to a concentration camp.

Feduta: "At least another 30 people must be interned in the first hour. That means some of them are from the security forces, some are civil servants. The acting prime minister automatically assumes the duties of the president, that's why the heads of the KGB, the Interior Ministry and the Investigation Department must be interned."

Zyankovich: "And the assembly of deputies."

They had obtained the necessary information about the officials from hackers.

Zyankovich: "All their personal data our guys pulled from the servers of the Interior Ministry, the KGB and the Investigation Agency. We siphoned off all the data. The personal data we provide."

Feduta and Zyankovich expected military support from the generals. The plan was to be implemented by force of arms. According to the FSB, this meeting took place after appropriate consultations by Zyankovich in the United States and Poland.

"What surprises me: why Americans behave this way? After all, the order was given to eliminate a president. No one but the top political leadership can authorize that. Only she can do that, intelligence agencies cannot do that on their own. Only it can do that," Belarusian President Lukashenko is certain.

According to investigators, the organizers planned to recruit nationalists from Kyiv to prepare for the coup.

During the dinner, Zyankovich stated that they were planning to involve foreigners from Warsaw and Kyiv in the preparation of the coup.

Zyankovich: "In Warsaw yesterday I had a phone conversation with one of our friends. Listen Yuras, what other contacts do we have in Ukraine? I want to go there and talk to them all."

A month ago, the head of the Belarusian KGB Ivan Tertel said they had just gotten on the trail of terrorist groups hiding in Poland and Ukraine. These gangs regularly cross the border from Belarus and have set up secret weapons caches and prepared terrorist attacks. 

"We see that large amounts of weapons have been brought from Ukraine to our territory to further destabilize the situation. Currently, several so-called centers of political migrants are active abroad, they are subversive centers where the so-called refugees work. They are maintained by foreign intelligence services through various NGOs that are funded by the intelligence services," Tertel said.

As one of the recipients of the funds, the head of the KGB named Grigory Kostusev, the leader of the BPF, one of the oldest Belarusian parties. Kostusev has repeatedly attended meetings of the insurgents. As a rule, they took place online, because almost all of the defendants have long since fled Belarus.

Zyankovich: "Grigory, the question is this, Grigory, you make sure that Luka (Lukashenko) is flattened, and who will rule Belarus after that, we'll decide later."

Kostusev: "If we can decide who that will be, yes."

All three detainees - Kostusev, Zyankovich and Feduta - have long been in the opposition. It began with the familiar rhetoric: the country is decaying, the government is stealing, the elections are unfair. Kostusev did not recognize the election results. He later declared in an interview that a partisan war was imminent.

Kostusev: "If it takes too long, this is the only option left. I don't see any other options left."

Journalist: "We already know that you will become a brigadier general of this front."

Kostusev: "Thank you for the confidence."

Lawyer Yuri Zyankovich lived in Poland for 10 years, in the United States for 9 years, and in 2016 he suddenly decided to be elected to the Belarusian parliament by Kostusev's party. In recent months, he has openly called for a military mutiny.

Zyankovich: "For victory, violence is needed!"

The third is Alexander Feduta. Together with Lukashenko, he ran Lukashenko's election campaign in 1994. Then he worked as a press spokesman for the Belarusian president. He was responsible for contacts with journalists, sometimes very expressive.

Later Feduta became a critic of Lukashenko. And 27 years later he predicted him the fate of Anwar Sadat, who was shot by terrorists during a parade, or that of the executed Saddam Hussein. And in the Moscow restaurant, he discussed how best to kill his former boss, the Belarusian president.

"Roughly speaking, the first goal of the whole event, the very first, is his physical destruction?"

Zyankovich: "Yes. The guys just told me yesterday that - if it becomes necessary - the power supply of all Belarus can be turned off."

The promised support shows that powerful forces and a lot of money were involved in the project. And it wasn't planned just yesterday. All three of those arrested actively supported the illegal rallies in Belarus last year. Yuri Zyankovich even spent 10 days in detention for participating in these actions.

The conspirators were obviously waiting for spring. They hoped for a continuation of last year's events. After all, such illegal actions are only one of the elements of "color revolutions". And, of course, such secret meetings.

In 2012, in just such a secluded atmosphere, Georgian politician Givi Targamadze discussed funding from London with Sergei Udaltsov in order to destabilize the situation in Moscow. And the Ukrainian Maidan picked up steam as Western money flowed and promises of further financial support for the opposition were made.

But in Belarus, the "color revolution" didn't work. Everyone has already forgotten about Tikhanovskaya and almost no one came to the first protests at the end of March. That's when the opposition decided to proceed according to another plan called "Tishina" (Silence) and arrange a bloody coup. They planned to act either on Belarusian Independence Day or Victory Day, when tank units would pass in the square in front of Lukashenko and the parade guests.

Zyankovich: "We are now flipping all the channels around perimeter. We have partisan groups with weapons caches. To do this, we must provide maximum distraction. Because with what is planned for May 9, there are tanks driving there."

They said they needed at least five years to transform society and the state. After the armed uprisings and killings, Belarus was to become an incubator for the cultivation of democracy. In cultivating it, they wanted to focus on Poland's experience.

Sjankovitsch: "Because if elections are held now, then instead of Lukashenko another Lukashenko will be elected. And then it will go on for 25 more years."

Feduta: "A state council will be formed, in which all the leaders of the registered parties will sit. This is the task of the Ministry of Justice."

Feduta: "I think democracy should be cultivated according to the Polish example, with local self-government."

The ultimate goal was to rewrite the constitution, remove the president from power, and establish a Committee of National Reconciliation.

Zyankovich and Feduta have already divided among themselves the roles in the beautiful Belarus of the future.

Sjankovitsch: "I will be responsible for legal reform. Accordingly, I will lead the Ministry of Justice, the courts, the drafting of a new constitution and the parliament."

Feduta: "The political reforms, the ideological ministries, the press, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the party system and the electoral commission we will master."

And at the end of the meeting, the fathers of Belarusian democracy offered the generals a classic robbery. (Translator's note: As a reminder, the coup plotters thought the Belarusian general present was on their side, and with the prospect of dividing Lukashenko's presumed private fortune among the generals, they wanted to motivate the generals).

Zyankovich: "I am almost sure that our Alex (Lukashenko) has a wallet with reserves somewhere. You can take it on the occasion."

"On the occasion, yes. But where does he have it?"

Zyankovich: "Probably at home. It won't be noticed."

After the busy lunch, both Feduta and Zyankovich were arrested. As soon as they stopped returning calls, the opposition Belarusian media immediately responded. Some even went so far as to claim that Belarusian intelligence services had kidnapped Feduta and Zyankovich directly from Moscow.

"I believe that this is a blow to the bilateral legal framework, because without trial, without normal extradition procedures, without evidence, the Belarusian secret services illegally kidnapped people on the territory of Russia and brought them to Belarus," said political analyst Dmitry Bolkunin.

In fact, the accused were detained by Russian FSB officers. Thus, Yuri Zyankovich was placed at an apartment building in the north of the capital. Here the American lawyer rented a small room. The quiet place in a dormitory town was apparently chosen for the purpose of the conspiracy. It did not help.

The FSB has handed over the detainees to the colleagues from Belarus under the bilateral agreement. By the way,

immediately started threatening the investigators with complaints from the US State Department. Now the suspect is in the KGB prison in Minsk. There are also Alexander Feduta and Grigory Kostusev. Under the Criminal Code of Belarus, they face up to 12 years in prison. Each of them.

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