Leadership change in the official Union of Poles in Belarus
The most likely reason for the resignation of Stanislav Semashko is related to his inability to organize the efficient operation of UPB, especially during a crisis of the Belarusian-Polish relations in 2011.
On January 14, the Main Board of UPB accepted resignation of the Union Chairman Stanislav Semashko, offered by him on January 5. The Deputy Chairman and Head of the Minsk Regional Division of Poles Mechislav Lysy was appointed an Acting Chairman. The new Chairman should be elected at the Congress of the Union, which can be extraordinary, according to M. Lysy.
During the work and especially after the December 19, 2010 Semashko made ??some loud statements and announced several initiatives in the UPB work, but did not show significant results, and thus authorities no longer needed him. It is also very likely to be a personal initiative of Semashko, who got into the "black list" of banned to entering the EU in 2011, which threatened his business interests. Political reasons for the resignation are unlikely.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.