As expected, the Belarusian authorities used the terror act as a pretense for further intimidation of the Belarusian opposition. The KGB arrested four members of an organization “Biely Lehijon” (White Legion), which has long been nonexistent. For several years, there were no reports on any activities of the group. Moreover, many regional activists of diverse opposition structures are now being summoned to the police for interrogation.
Another outcome of the blast is that Alexandar Lukashenka fired Viktar Sheiman, the State Secretary of the Defense Council, and Gennady Nevyglas, the head of the Presidential Administration. A few days earlier, he criticized both for inactivity during the incident.
Sheiman was one of the most devoted and trusted confidants of the Belarusian president. He was side by side with Lukashenka from day one, and his resignation leaves analysts guessing what black cat has run between the old friends. Nevyglas, by the way, was a man of Sheiman, and seems like Lukashenka decided to make sure this power brunch in his close milieu is safely cut off.