“The United States has taken the former presidential candidate and other opposition activists under its tutelage, promoted leaders of the future” democratic Belarus, “under his tutelage,” he said in a message to Russian news agencies.

In his opinion, Washington “plays a key role in the current events in Belarus”, despite the fact that the United States “tries to remain discreet in the public space”.

The United States would have allocated, “as early as 2019 and early 2020, through various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), $ 20 million to organize anti-government demonstrations,” according to Narishkin.

The money was allegedly paid to “independent bloggers”, the most promising of whom were trained by “experienced American instructors” in countries such as Poland and Ukraine.

“The demonstrations have been coordinated from abroad since the beginning,” said the head of the SVR, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, who was promoted to the post in 2016, following a long career with the Russian president in the early 1990s.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made similar statements on Wednesday, assuring some leaders at the national level that “the tactics of the organizers (demonstrations) were based on the classic textbook of colorful revolutions” – the Russian label of pro-democracy protests in Ukraine and Georgia.

Lukashenko assured, according to the official Belarusian news agency Belta, that “we know who is leading, who wants something to happen in Belarus, and that is why we will not let our guard down and we are ready to respond to any challenge.”

An unprecedented challenge erupted in Belarus following the early August presidential election, in which Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, says he won 80 percent of the vote.

Huge demonstrations involving more than 100,000 people in the 9.5 million-strong country take place every Sunday, calling for Lukashenko to step down and hold him accountable after the first crackdown.