Belarus top brass fired over teddy bear bombing
Chief of the Belarusian Air Defence and Air Force, as well as the country’s top border guard were sacked recently by the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Dmitry Pakhmelkin and Igor Rachkovsky lost their posts, but were not removed from the military. our more senior officials got away with formal reprimands.
The sackings were a reaction to the incident earlier this month when a small plane invaded Belarusian airspace to parachute hundreds of teddy bears holding slogans lambasting Lukashenko’s authoritarian government for rights violations. The stunt was carried out by Swedish politically conscious PR firm Studio Total.Lukashenko said earlier that the country’s air defence system tracked the plane, but did nothing to intercept it. He did not elaborate.