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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko © Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
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Organizers of the assassination plot against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko allocated $10 mln to achieve the goal, Lukashenko told reporters on Saturday.

The BelTA news agency reported citing Lukashenko that armed people were to attack his residence in the countryside, that $10 mln were allocated for this purpose and $1 mln for the sniper.

“We have long seen that. Do you think we carried out this operation in Moscow out of the blue? We were keeping a close eye on them. They were expected to come to Minsk and conduct this operation,” Lukashenko said.

Organizers of the coup in Belarus planned to use the army to blockade Minsk and black it out, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said. “The insurgents planned to use the army to blockade Minsk, along with the forces of OMON [riot police], internal troops, the Interior Ministry and KGB”.

The Belarusian president explained that all of them are armed, and if they could have clashed, it would have been “the most terrible and hottest civil war which none of the countries has ever experienced.”

According to Lukashenko, “apart from that, the conspirators were planning to black out Minsk.”

The coup plotters worked out several scenarios of the assassination of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, including at the May 9 parade, the BelTA news agency said. In Lukashenko’s words, the conspirators had drawn up a few scenarios. First, they plotted to assassinate the president at the May 9 parade, but “it is difficult to imagine that such a plan could have been implemented in Belarus, so they dropped the initial idea.”

Next, they considered an attack on the presidential motorcade, so they even bought grenade launchers and brought them to Belarus.

“However, they would not have made such a scenario happen either, since for safety reasons the vehicles in the motorcade travel at high speed, and odds are low of hitting them,” the report says.

Lukashenko said that under the third scenario, armed people would have attacked the presidential residence in the countryside.