Alyaksandr Lukashenka made a working trip to Talachyn district (the Vitsebsk region) on August 20. Public activist Mikalai Petrushenka told Radio Svaboda what had happened in Talachyn before the visit of the Belarusian ruler.
"A man was passing by the building of the district executive committee. He phoned his wife to say he had forgotten to turn off the gas stove. Two men in mufti came up to him. They ordered him to stop talking. Militia instructed to shut all windows and close curtains in the houses in the central streets. They said people not to lean out of windows and walk in streets.
A post woman delivering newspapers stopped to chat with a pensioner, but people in mufti ordered her to go. They explain this with security measures,"Mikalai Petrushenka told.
According to the activist, more than 20 officers of militia and secret services from Orsha, Vitsebsk, Dubrouna came to Talachyn.
"Combine harvesters were working in fields the whole night,"Petrushenka said. "Roads were coated with asphalt at night and swept. A cow of Talachyn dweller Zoya Stsyapanava stayed in the cowshed today. The authorities ordered not to turn the cattle in. A milita car is on duty in Sadovaya Street where I live."