MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As a former culture minister and ambassador to France, Pavel Latushko is the most well-connected member of a new council established by the political opposition in Belarus to facilitate a transition of power amid massive protests challenging the continued rule of the country’s authoritarian five-term president.
Questioning the government he previously served has earned Latushko threats. His house in Minsk was doused with red paint overnight, and his brother has been detained. Prosecutors opened a criminal probe into the opposition council Thursday. But the dapper 47-year-old ex-diplomat appears uncowed.
Latushko, once an ally of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko …read more