Russian artists began to abandon the performances in Belarus the day before the election

Российские артисты стали отказываться от выступлений в Белоруссии за день до выборов

Many Russian artists refuse to perform in the free concerts, scheduled in Belarus the day before the presidential election. It is reported Performances are canceled, Leonid Agutin, Filipp Kirkorov, “Kar-man”, Stas Peha, Yulianna Karaulova, Rasa and Jaro & Hansa. In addition, the speech refused Belarusian singer Mewl and American rappers Tyga and the Saint Jhn.

On the eve of the Ministry of culture of Belarus reported that on August 8 in 13 major cities will host free concerts “For Belarus”. In social networks actors, a performance which was announced, began to write the message in which they urged not to support the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.

Presidential elections in Belarus scheduled for 9 August. The campaign comes amid mass protests against incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who is elected for sixth consecutive term. Authorities arrested two opponents to Lukashenka, who wanted to participate in the elections, banker Victor Babariko and popular Belarusian blogger Sergei Tikhanovski. Another opposition candidate, businessman Valery Tsepkalo, the CEC refused to register.

August 4 in the region began early voting. For the first three days in it, according to official data, voted of 22.47 percent of voters, reports “BelTA” with reference to the CEC of the country. This is significantly higher than in previous elections, the newspaper reminds

In the last election for the period stated on the attendance 18.67 percent, in 2010, three days ahead of schedule voted by 11.7 percent, in 2006 – 9.1%. The Belarusian initiative “Honest people”, said that the turnout during early voting is overstated by the authorities, which may indicate that large-scale fraud.