2 Oct 2009 16:38

There is no pressure on rich people in Belarus - Lukashenko

MINSK. Oct 2 (Interfax) - There is no pressure on rich people in Belarus if they work honestly and do not mix business and politics, said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"Nobody pressures rich people here. But I told businessmen long ago: Your money must be made honestly, even if this is billions," Lukashenko said at a press conference for Russian media in Minsk on Friday.

"And second: There is politics and there is business. The rules are different there and here. If you mix business with politics and meddle in politics with your big pockets, you'll answer by the rules of politics," Lukashenko said.

"Therefore we don't have businessmen mixed up in politics and trying to buy something there. This is fraught with horrible consequences: You'll just lose everything," he said.

"It's just impossible here to buy a parliamentary seat or get some office for a bribe," he said.

Lukashenko also insisted that children of statesmen need to work for the government as well. "Just imagine that my son is a businessman. It's clear he would prosper, and I wouldn't even have to call anyone - the name would speak for itself," Lukashenko said.

"There can be no relatives in business - this is my position," he said.