“Tikhanovskaya forgot that the President of Belarus saved her from the sacred sacrifice.” Alexander Lukashenko unveiled the details of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s decision to leave Belarus at a meeting on urgent issues on 9 October. An excerpt from the meeting was published by the Pul Pervogo Telegram channel.
“Tikhanovskaya forgot that the President of Belarus saved her from the sacred sacrifice. […] I summoned him late in the evening (points at Valery Vakulchik – the then head of the KGB) and instructed ‘to immediately withdraw the most combat unit from the streets and take control of the headquarters of the so-called opposition. Otherwise, there will be trouble.’ And we saw it. We ordered our guys from Alpha to change the clothes and at the same time, show up there, and subtly let them know that we have taken their headquarters under control,” said Lukashenko.
He noted that 50 foreign journalists, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and others gathered in one place then.
“The so-called guard was either a former police officer, or a member of some other law enforcement unit, so he called the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He just noticed that something was wrong –so many people gathered in one building. This alerted him, as they say, his gut told him and he called Karaev (the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.). And then I withdrew 120 people from the streets, who followed these scumbags to prevent the crime. The plan was like in Odessa: to set fire to the headquarters and blame the authorities,” Lukashenko added.
According to Lukashenko, the next day Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called the Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Karaev and asked for an appointment, which the minister then reported to Lukashenko.
“In general, there was only one request: ‘Please tell the president that I want to leave Belarus: there will be trouble.’ We understood that there could be trouble. And I gave the order – take her under our escort and accompanied by the people she asked for and take her to her children in Lithuania. When she said that she had no money to live there, I ordered to take $15,000 from the state-run enterprise and gave them to her. ‘Thank you very much,’ she cried on my neck. So we took them away,” said Lukashenko.
He also said that he had given an order to the Belarusian Embassy in Lithuania to “help her with everything, including if she needs to rent a new apartment, and so on and so forth.”
“But she was quickly taken under the control of the Lithuanian special services, you know the rest. Now you know what happened at that time. This sacred sacrifice did not happen. Imagine if this happened. Therefore, no one pushed her abroad. It was a matter of life and death, and it was her wish,” he said.
Recall that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, accompanied by her lawyer, came to the CEC on 10 August with a complaint about the presidential election. After spending several hours there with representatives of government agencies, she left the building alone through another entrance.
At the same time, the then head of the KGB Valery Vakulchik said that the security forces were guarding the joint headquarters on election day in order to prevent an attempt on Tikhanovskaya’s life. The next day it became known that the presidential candidate left the country for Lithuania. A video of Tikhanovskaya reading a text from a piece of paper urging her supporters not to take part in the mass protests appeared.