We’ll hunt you and hold you facet by facet: Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko points chilling dying risk in opposition to two theatre administrators who fled to UK ten years in the past
- Natalia Kaliada, 47, and husband Nicolai Khalezin, 56, fled Belarus a decade in the past
- Couple have been advised by official Belarus newspaper they are going to be hunted down
- Belarus Free Theatre, continues to stage secret exhibits in nation’s capital Minsk
A chilling dying risk has been made in opposition to two UK-based theatre administrators – by the final dictatorship in Europe
Natalia Kaliada, 47, and her husband Nicolai Khalezin, 56, fled Belarus a decade in the past when their theatre group enraged strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.
Regardless of gaining British citizenship, they’ve now been advised by an official Belarus newspaper they are going to be hunted down and hanged ‘facet by facet’.
Natalia Kaliada, 47, and her husband Nicolai Khalezin, 56, (pictured in 2015) fled Belarus a decade in the past when their theatre group enraged strongman president Alexander Lukashenko
The couple, who stay in London, are properly conscious that Belarus’s ally Russia has beforehand carried out killings in Britain. After being given asylum within the UK, author Miss Kaliada and former diplomat Mr Khalezin have continued campaigning for democracy in Belarus, a former Soviet republic bordering Poland.
The underground drama group the couple helped create, Belarus Free Theatre, continues to stage secret exhibits within the nation’s capital Minsk. It has placed on performances all over the world to struggle for freedom.
Supporters embody Sherlock Holmes actor Jude Legislation and playwright Tom Stoppard. Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and ex-foreign secretary Lord Hague have additionally backed the group. Nonetheless, the couple can’t loosen up regardless of now being 1,200 miles from Minsk.
They’re now calling for the UK Authorities to step up sanctions in opposition to president Alexander Lukashenko (pictured in 2019) and his regime to incorporate those that assist finance Belarus
Over Christmas, Belarus’s most important government-supporting newspaper carried an article threatening them. The piece in Sovietska Belarus stated: ‘We will certainly discover you…and we are going to hold you facet by facet.’
Miss Kaliada advised the Mail: ‘Loss of life threats had been at all times a part of our life – we had been introduced as public enemies on TV in Belarus ten years in the past – however that is the primary time the principle columnist of Sovietska Belarus is utilizing such language. Our shut pals have been kidnapped and killed – some poisoned. And the query is how related to Moscow is Belarus?’
She insisted: ‘I’ve a easy response to what’s been written in Belarus – if they’re making dying threats in opposition to us, it means we’re doing the correct factor. We are going to proceed to take action.’ Miss Kaliada added: ‘Clearly, we’ve turn out to be a goal… it’s getting extra tense.
Lukashenko, 66, (pictured final August) who has been in energy for 26 years, is reported to have arrange a £1million ‘assassination slush fund’ in 2012 to pay for assaults abroad
‘We’ve got British citizenship in order that they’re threatening residents of different nations – and the UK must take accountability.’ They’re now calling for the UK Authorities to step up sanctions in opposition to Lukashenko and his regime to incorporate those that assist finance Belarus.
Miss Kaliada famous that Russia had defied worldwide legal guidelines and conventions to launch assaults on British soil. In 2018 assassins used lethal nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in a failed bid to kill former spy Sergei Skripal, 67. Mom-of-three Daybreak Sturgess died after she dealt with a discarded fragrance bottle containing the poison.
In 2006 former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died after radioactive polonium-210 it was put in his tea at a London lodge. Miss Kaliada stated: ‘Individuals in some way proceed to be killed and poisoned right here.’
Lukashenko, 66, who has been in energy for 26 years, is reported to have arrange a £1million ‘assassination slush fund’ in 2012 to pay for assaults abroad. Miss Kaliada stated 4 opposition members had ‘disappeared’ since 1999 and he or she pointed to the ‘staged suicide’ of Belarus journalist Oleg Bebenin in 2010.
She confused: ‘Figuring out what Lukashenko already did to our pals, we really feel like something might occur. And whereas Lukashenko has cash to pay employed killers he’ll achieve this.
‘That’s why we’re interesting to the UK Authorities to not simply condemn Lukashenko, however impose sanctions on his regime and those that finance it.’
The campaigner stated the International Workplace advised her to talk to police concerning the dying risk. A International Workplace spokesman stated: ‘The UK condemns the intimidation and persecution of Belarusian political opposition figures by Lukashenko’s regime.’