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At least 50 people have been injured in Belarus after a bomb exploded during a concert in the capital, Minsk.
The event was taking place in the centre of the city to mark the ex-Soviet nation's independence day.
President Alexander Lukashenko, whose rule has been denounced as autocratic by the US and the European Union, was attending the concert.
During his time in London Litvinenko authored two books, "Blowing up Russia: Terror from within" and "Lubyanka Criminal Group," where he accused Russian secret services of staging Russian apartment bombings and other terrorism acts to bring Vladimir Putin to power.
...it happened on the very anniversary of the capital's liberation from Nazi occupation, near the impressive monument to WWII heroes. It could have hardly been more symbolic.
Originally posted by pause4thought
It is widely believed his ultimate aim is to become president of a reunited Russia/Belarus.
"I am grateful to the Americans for their offer. I gave an order to special services to accept this help, if it is needed," he said. "In any case, Belarusian special services are ready to collaborate."
Belarus leader: no post-blast clampdown on opposition
LINIYA, Belarus (Reuters) - Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko said there would be no general clampdown on his opponents on Saturday after an unexplained bomb explosion wounded about 50 people at a concert he attended the day before.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, the authorities in the ex-Soviet state have played it down and Lukashenko, who was nearby but unhurt, said he did not see it as an assassination attempt.
In October 2006, a Belarusian rights activist was sentenced to two years in prison for saying that Lukashenko needed a psychiatric examination...
Lukashenko is crazy...
Lukashenka to Sheiman: “It is you who is guilty first of all!”
At a meeting on the investigation of the bomb blast in early morning on 4 July in the city center Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed his bewilderment on the fact the incident had happened on the site, controlled by militia and the KGB. “So, how could it happen? How did you guard?” Lukashenka wonders.
He criticised Viktar Sheiman, State Secretary of the Security Council, first of all. “I don’t think, you, Mr Uladzimir, should be on the post after the incident. It is you, who is guilty first of all,” A. Lukashenka said.