Robert Amsterdam translates from Lenta.ru:
They have advised Medvedev not to awaken guerrillas in Byelorussians
Representatives of the Byelorussian opposition Yevgeny Afnagel and Dmitry Dashkevich have turned with an open letter to president of the RF Dmitry Medvedev. They express protest against the introduction of Russian troops onto the territory of the republic (Russian subdivisions have been thrown over into Byelorussia within the framework of training exercises). In the opinion of the oppositioneers, the introduction of Russian troops into Byelorussia creates a threat for its independence.
“We, Byelorussians, – a patient and amicable people. However we likewise love freedom and are prepared to fight for it. Do not awaken partisans [guerrillas–Trans.] in Byelorussians, Dmitry Anatolievich!”, – is said in the letter.
Yevgeny Afnagel, one of the authors of the letter, is coordinator of the civic campaign “European Belarus”, as well as leader of the movement “Jeans — for freedom”. Dmitry Danshkevich heads the youth organization “Young front”.
Joint Russo-Byelorussian training exercises “Zapad-2009” [West-2009–Trans.] started up on 8 September. According to the script for the maneuvers, an unspecified opponent attacks Byelorussia, while Russia helps to repel the attack.
The authors of the letter to the Russian president consider the motive for the training exercises contrived, and the maneuvers themselves — senseless. Earlier, representatives of the Byelorussian opposition had declared on numerous occasions that the introduction of a grouping of Russian troops into Byelorussia is a preparation for a possible military intervention on the part of the RF.
On 9 September, after the start of the training exercises, an action of protest took place in Minsk under the slogans “No — to Russian occupation!” and “Russian army, go home!” [with the “go home” written in English–Trans.]. The picket was dispersed by the police.