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The death of the long-serving Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, came as a shock to many. Initially, he was reported to have died from a heart attack on November 26, 2021. However, a recent report by an independent Belarusian media outlet has raised suspicions that he may have committed suicide. The report claims that Makei took his own life just four days after attending a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s officials in Armenia.
Details of the Report
According to the report by Nasha Niva, a liberal-leaning media outlet, Makei was painfully upset by the collapse of the course he was leading. He had been serving as the top diplomat for Belarus since 2012 and was a key figure in the country’s foreign policy decisions. Makei’s friends and colleagues reportedly stated that he did not believe he was murdered. The report cited four unrelated sources to back its claim.
Reaction from Makei’s Friends and Colleagues
Those close to Makei have expressed their sadness and disbelief over the news of his death. The media report claimed that Makei’s friends said he was struggling with the collapse of the course he was leading. They also added that he was upset by the fact that he was denied personal attention from the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. However, they did not believe he was murdered.
Lukashenko’s Plan to Replace Makei
Following Makei’s death, Lukashenko aimed to replace him as the top diplomat of Belarus. Makei had been serving as the foreign minister for almost a decade and was a trusted advisor to Lukashenko. It is unclear whether the decision to replace him was at Moscow’s behest. However, some sources have suggested that Makei’s lack of attention from Lukashenko was the main reason for his death.
The death of Vladimir Makei has raised many questions and suspicions. The report by Nasha Niva has fueled speculation that he may have committed suicide. Makei’s friends and colleagues have expressed their shock and sadness over his death. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has been planning to replace him as the top diplomat of the country. The circumstances surrounding Makei’s death are still unclear, and further investigation is needed to determine what happened.