This is my rough summary translation of a gripping live debate show in Russia on NTV called "Last Word" hosted by Pavel Selin. It's a popular show, and it shows that not everything about Russian TV is completely crushed by the Kremlin. (I realize it may all be contrived or allowed by the political leadership for the wrong motivations, but even so, some of the honesty comes through.)
Russian TV was very active in the campaign period showing the Belarusian opposition, and even running a multi-part series called "The Godfather" which was very critical of Lukashenka. ("Bat'ka" is the term people use to describe Lukashenka, it means literally "father" or "head" but since it's slang and often perjorative I will use the term "big daddy").
The show is one of those exhausting Russian crossfire debate shows unlike anything on European or even American television -- people not only drown each other out, they have knock-down shouting matches waving their hands and throwing fits. You might call this "Family Feud" and shut it off, as it at first seems very crazy, but in fact, it contains some very, very interesting stuff that helps you understand a lot not only about Belarus, but Russia, there are some very fine moments, it is a very emotionally gripping show, so watch it if you speak Russian. I don't think it would be easy to make a transcript, there is so much cross-talk and shouting and slang, but anyone who has the time might try.
o The audience clapping for some people and not others is one of the oddities of the show (for the foreigner). Why do some pro-Belarusian government statements get applause? Why do some anti-government statements get wild clapping? Is it because these are different people in the audience? Or do they clap because they merely feel a good argument is made? or are they that easily swayed? They clap for Prokhanov, an odious right-wing figure known for his xenophobic and nationalist outbursts; but they clap for Khalezin, a Belarusian theater director who tells Russians they support this dictator only because it's economically profitable for them (so perhaps the audience claps because it feels no shame?)
o Lukashenka's representative seems right out of central casting. Aptly named Zimovsky (from "zima," or "winter") he has the white hair and ominscient smirk of Julian Assange. He is beamed in with perfect state-of-the-art fidelity to the audience in Moscow as if he is there -- Lukashenka declined to show, and as somebody in the group quipped, he won't appear on NTV until he is forced into exile in Moscow. He turns in a completely chilling performance, smiling like a villain when asked what he thought of Irina Khalip, a journalist, being dragged from a car and beaten, screaming on the phone and trying to report the scene until police seize the phone, and saying it was "good" because "at last a journalist was speaking about what she actually sees". He uses the term "journalism's cannon fodder" to describe the reporters who came to the square during the demonstration and got beaten.
o the video clips of the demonstrations are moving; there is Rymashevski, a candidate with his head bound from having been beaten by riot police, calling on the demonstrators not to give into a provocation, to behave peacefully; there is an old man crying to the riot police, "Don't beat your sons and grandsons!" (or "Don't fear your sons and grandsons! -- I can't quite hear). There is the scenes of the vandals breaking the windows -- and statements that they are provocateurs.
o Matvei Ganapolsky, a Russian journalist, asks the question that really any liberal should be asking, regardless of whether they are a RealPolit sort of politician, or a cynical journalist who believes the Belarusian opposition is "paid for" and "disunited". He says that in fact, Lukashenka likely actually won. That even with fraud, the gap in numbers is too big. That he probably really does have that support. So given that he really had this victory, why the beatings? Why have riot police doing things like pulling the journalist Khalip out of the car? Why pushing Russian journalists face down in the snow? If it's such a victory, why do this?
o Leonid Margolin follows suit: Real victors don't need to take hostages, that's a sign of weakness.
o Natalya Kolyada is really the star of the show. While the Russian male liberals, as well as they speak, aren't very strong in standing up to their own rightwing blowhards like Prokhanov and Mitrofonov (whose dyed black artifical pompadour is one of the fascinations of the show, a kind of counterpoint to Zimovsky's dreadful shock of white), and while some of the Belarusians seem to be somewhat intimidated on this show by all the shouting, Kolyada stands right up, interrupting when there is such bad faith in the speaker that it must be interrupted, and making very strong statements. The representative of the Union state (apparently the infamous Pal Palych Borodin is still heading it) is disgraceful -- he implies that there's something cowardly about Khalezin remaining on the square when his wife was carted off to jail -- Khalezin also makes some of the most dramatic lines in the show -- when Zimovsky starts describing Lukashevsky as a "bogatyr" (a legendary hero of the Russian folk tales), Khalezin says, "Hey, give me 10,000 riot police and I'll show you what a hero is, and you'll be left spinning". Prokhanov retorts something that sounds like "Hey, I'll give you $10,000, which is what you people take," -- somebody might help decipher that part but that's the gist.
Here's my summary, put any corrections in the comments.