PERSON OF THE WEEK - Feb. 27- March 4, 2006
Thousands of prostesters took to the streets in Belarus this week after hearing that presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin had beaten and arrested by the secret police. I have heard it estimated that 10,000 people rallied in the capital city of Minsk alone. Kozulin was not a major candidate, in fact he was not even the first choice of the opposition, but he totally changed the state of Belorussian politics by daring to stand up to dictator Alexander Lukashenko. This arrest may have been just what was needed to spark the people of Belarus to rise up against the forces of tyranny.
If threre is a revolution, chances are that the main opposition candidate, Alexander Milinkivich, will emerge as leader of the country. However, if Milinkivich wins, he will be forever in the debt of ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week, Alexander Kozulin.
Note: Just as a side note, I figured I'd take a stab at predicting what the next Former Soviet Revolution will be called (Georgia had the Rose Revolution, Ukraine had the Orange Revolution, Kyrgystan had the Tulip Revolution.). I noted that Milinkivich and the opposition have adopted blue jeans as their symbol. So if anything hapens in Belarus, I am predicting that we will be calling it the "Blue Revolution", the "Blue Jean Revolution", or (my personal favorite) the "Denim Revolution". You heard it here first :)