MOSCOW, 15 March – RIA Novosti. The military regime in Myanmar will be established for several years, the further development of the situation will depend on whether the world community will put pressure on the state, Alexei Maslov, professor at the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics at the Higher School of Economics, told RIA Novosti. there will be a fixation of the military regime for several years – this is the most usual regime for Myanmar, and in the future everything depends on whether the world community will put pressure on Myanmar and whether this state will be isolated, for example, as happened with regard to North Korea or Iran. If this happens, then I do not exclude that Myanmar will become completely impoverished and the world around it will split into two camps – just as it split around North Korea, “the expert noted.
However, according to him, even in this case, a positive situation can be observed. “It lies in the fact that after two or three years of such a tough regime, the military, as is often the case, will return to the development of their economic programs. For example, they will begin to effectively use the port of Myanmar for the transport of goods, they will begin to stimulate small and medium-sized production. So far, despite the tightening of the screws in the political sphere, in the economic sphere there is complete freedom. In this case, I think we will have a mild military regime, “Maslov concluded.
Myanmar's military toppled the civilian government and took over power in the country on February 1, arresting civilian leaders, including Myanmar President Vin Myint and State Councilor (de facto Prime Minister) Aung San Suu Kyi. The military attributed their actions to the alleged massive falsification of the results of the 2020 general elections and the unwillingness of the civilian authorities to investigate it. Having come to power with the help of the constitutional mechanism for introducing a state of emergency, the leaders of the new military government promised to hold new elections in a year and transfer power to the party that wins them.
Massive protests against the military authorities have been taking place daily in many cities in Myanmar since early February. According to Myanmar human rights activists, during the clashes between protesters and the Myanmar security forces from February 1 to the present, dozens of people were killed, hundreds were injured, and more than 2 thousand were arrested.