In whose interests are the Belarusian authorities legalizing nationalism?

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As is known, the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017 began against the background of aggressive anti-Russian propaganda spread by the Western media, aimed at discrediting both Russian foreign policy and relations between Moscow and Minsk. In particular, myths about the possible invasion of a hundred-thousandth contingent of Russian troops, the subsequent occupation of Belarus and the creation of a springboard on its territory for the attack of Russia on Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, and other nonsense have been actively replicated by Western politicians, journalists and "experts."



It makes no sense to retell all these crazy stuffings and cheap agitation in detail, since it has long been obvious to all that this is a pre-planned action to strengthen the US and NATO positions in Eastern Europe and further militarize the region under the pretext of fighting the mythical “Russian aggression”. It was all the more surprising to observe how the so-called “independent” Belarusian media and “think tanks” took direct part in this “informational carousel”.

And, it would seem, where is the Belarusian Foreign Ministry?

And despite the fact that all this hype around military exercises completely fits into the logic of the “multi-vector policy” pursued by the Belarusian foreign policy department. And the “Belarusians abroad” from the same Ukraine, from Poland and Lithuania, who often act as those “analysts” screaming about threats to Belarusian sovereignty coming from “Great Russian chauvinism and imperial ambitions”, play a significant role in this. The Kremlin.

So, at the third meeting of the Consultative Council on Foreign Affairs of Belarus at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, which took place on September 8, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that further strengthening cooperation with the foreign diaspora is in fact a new priority of Belarusian foreign policy. "We all want to see Belarus independent, respected in the world and prosperous," local media quoted the words of Makei.

Earlier, in July, Minsk hosted the Seventh Congress of the Belarusians of the world. All in all, only during 2016-2017 years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus organized on the instructions of President Alexander Lukashenko hundreds of similar events with the active participation of delegations from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania.

Of course, at first glance there is nothing wrong with the fact that Minsk recalled the Belarusian diaspora and attended to the expansion of contacts with Belarusians abroad, if not for the fact that foreign delegations were almost entirely composed of representatives of nationalist organizations.

How did that happen? The answer to this question lies in the policy of “soft Belarusianization” pursued by the Belarusian leadership in recent years, which is a kind of ideological opposition to the Russian world. Essentially, this is, nothing more or less, a whole state ideology aimed at the formation of Belarusian national identity and identity, distinct from Russian culture, stories and language. The basis of this ideology is the thesis that the Belarusian statehood is allegedly part of the historical and cultural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Commonwealth. And, therefore, on the linguistic, ethnic and mental level, Belarus is closer to Western civilization than to Russia.
And if before Euromaidan in Ukraine, the Belarusian opposition of the nationalist sense, which includes a motley company of Litvinists, BNR fans and followers of Ales Zmagar, were considered marginalized from abroad, then from 2014, the process of legalization of the ideas of Belarusian nationalism and their active implementation into the state ideology.

Observed with the support of local authorities, the process of rethinking the role of national culture, reviving traditions and popularizing the Belarusian language as the basis for national identity fully meets the interests not only of the country's leadership, but of the US and the EU. However, it’s not because the West cares so much about the sovereignty and independence of Belarus, but because there they want to distance Belarusians from Russia as much as possible, as it has already happened to the population of Ukraine. The lion’s share of international conferences and round tables with the participation of representatives from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, which are regularly held in Minsk in the presence of numerous European NGOs, and often with financial support from American and German funds, is devoted to these topics. Such events are widely covered by the same “independent” media.

All this is happening before the eyes of local authorities, who, however, prefer not to notice the activity of foreign organizations in this direction, obviously believing that their actions in this case are in the public interest, creating favorable conditions for the development of a dialogue with the US and the EU. How do these campaigns end, we can see in the example of the same Ukraine.

However, it’s impossible to implement the “Kiev scenario” for the forceful seizure of power in Minsk, but to promote the spread of Russophobic attitudes in the society on the basis of Belarusian nationalism, opposing itself to everything Russian, is quite achievable. And we can already observe the first consequences of the policy of the formation of the Belarusian national identity today, using the example of the same hysteria around the joint exercises “West-2017”, which is observed not only in the NATO countries, but also within a small, but rather noisy part of the Belarusian society.

It should be understood that in the short and even medium term, the Belarusianization process will only partly contribute to strengthening the power of Alexander Lukashenko as a guarantor of independence and sovereignty. However, taking into account the obvious pro-Western list in the ideology of Belarusian nationalism, in the long run these processes can get out of control and lead to a sharp increase in the number of supporters of European integration opposing the union with Russia.

Using the example of neighboring countries, we can see that the delegation of even part of state sovereignty to Euro-Atlantic structures within the EU and NATO, in fact, means the introduction of external governance and the loss of independence in domestic and foreign policy. Protecting state sovereignty, transferring it into the wrong hands, will always mean betrayal of one’s own people. In this regard, the Belarusian leadership should always remember that flirting with nationalists, although helping to achieve short-term goals, ultimately always leads to big and small tragedies.

Evsey Vasiliev, Deputy General Director, Strategic Communications Bureau
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  1. +1
    16 September 2017
    Using the example of neighboring countries, one can see that the delegation of even part of state sovereignty to Euro-Atlantic structures within the EU and NATO, in essence, means the introduction of external governance and the loss of independence in domestic and foreign policy.

    ... I suppose Father will not allow this to happen ... by the way, that he hasn’t been heard lately - maybe on vacation?
    1. +2
      16 September 2017
      By the way, something that I’ve not heard of lately - maybe on vacation?
      ... With his son, in the village, on the potatoes .. the battle for the harvest ..
      1. +2
        16 September 2017
        parusnik Today, 08:08 ... With his son, in the village, on the potatoes .. the battle for the harvest ..

        ... yes, I watched on TV ... a bulb is a sacred thing ... good
    2. +3
      16 September 2017
      And no one is counting on the Old Man in this matter. Old Man is no longer young and not eternal ... He surrounded himself with younger ones, and they are ready to wait for his departure to proceed with privatization, which has not even begun in Belarus ....
  2. +7
    16 September 2017
    In Belarus, something happened that did not dare in Ukraine. One oligarch devoured the rest, created the only clan of oligarchs and did not give the opportunity to * diversify * domestic politics. But life forces you to develop, and so it all went as it should. Well, who else to rely on * father’s *. Nationalists, in gratitude, will not demand an immediate transfer of power, and Lukashenko does not have a headache about the future. His plans are unlikely to be built beyond five years, and it is unlikely that he would have simply tracked the patterns of development of nationalism, well, at least among the neighbors.
    Lukashenko has no hope for the heredity of power, so he is trying by any means to stay in power longer. It turns out that he is preparing for a life presidency under any slogan. The skin of a democrat has become cramped, and it is now molting, trying on the skin of a defender * of a particularity * of Belarusians, albeit under so far nationalist slogans, and there .....
    1. +6
      16 September 2017
      Yanukovych, promoting Freedom to the Rada, also thought that Bandera would fight for the electorate with Tymoshenko, but he would not be touched. Remember the consequences? Nationalists and Nazis will alliance with anyone for the sake of their goals, but trusting them is the most stupid thing. If Lukashenko continues to flirt with the Nazis, he will lose his electorate and the instrument of his overthrow will grow. Natsik are not liberoids from the opposition. All the same, they have been preparing for a power seizure of power all their lives and are not afraid of blood. request
      1. 0
        16 September 2017
        Quote: g1v2
        not afraid of blood request

        Well, there are different Natsiks, some don’t even understand that they are nationalists, there are good thieves in the movies or there are murderers, by the way, the Union supported nitrolite and sometimes more Germany until the age of 41 and the war started at 39
        1. +2
          16 September 2017
          7310
          Do not be ashamed of foolishness?
      2. +2
        17 September 2017
        Quote: g1v2
        Yanukovych, promoting Freedom to the Rada, also thought that Bandera would fight for the electorate with Tymoshenko, but he would not be touched. Remember the consequences?

        The ukroligarchs themselves turned the lousy yanyk, Bandera’s business there 10th
  3. +9
    16 September 2017
    is a kind of ideological opposition to the Russian world

    It all starts with this - we are not like the Russians, we are special and further upward. One or two generations grow up on such an ideology, and please - Russia is an occupier, we have suffered so much under its yoke. Supporting nationalism in a radical performance, the government itself is digging a hole for itself.
    1. +9
      16 September 2017
      Everything would be fine, just start with your logs. On all "patriotic" resources of the Russian Federation, the main position is that there is no Ukrainian and Belarusian people / language, and they do not even have the right to exist as republics, only annexation to the Russian Federation by regions.

      Or your own nationalism is invisible to you?

      And at the state level, by the way, your Natsiks live quite freely, they are also likely to be fed as a support for the regime. What is natural - Nazism has always been used by capitalists to strengthen their power.
      1. +4
        16 September 2017
        Everything would be fine, just start with your logs. On all "patriotic" resources of the Russian Federation, the main position is that there is no Ukrainian and Belarusian people / language, and they do not even have the right to exist as republics, only annexation to the Russian Federation by regions.
        - that’s exactly what we think of EITHER SUBMISSION — OR DIVISION, or do you think the economy of the Republic of Belarus is just kept afloat wink
      2. +5
        16 September 2017
        serverny. On all "patriotic" resources of the Russian Federation, the main position is that there is no Ukrainian and Belarusian people / language, and they do not even have the right to exist as republics, only annexation to the Russian Federation by regions.

        Lukashenko Russophobe and traitor. am
        Ukrainians and Belarusians are divorced parts of the Russian people. crying
        1. 0
          17 September 2017
          Quote: populist
          Lukashenko Russophobe and traitor.

          Not bigger than his friend and comrade, someone V.V. Putin
      3. +5
        16 September 2017
        Quote: serverny
        Everything would be fine, just start with your logs.

        So start with your logs. And how to sing and dance about what Muscovites are worthless and second-rate and at the same time eat at their expense is so normal. And as the time came to answer for this, so immediately the cries of Russian nationalism.
      4. +5
        16 September 2017
        Quote: serverny
        no Ukrainian and Belarusian people / language, and even exist as a republic, they do not have the right, only annexation to the Russian Federation by regions.

        Yes. Not viable, not full-fledged artificial formations with a castrated economy infected with nationalism will die one way or another. On this occasion, the world community will certainly express deep concern.wassat . Or not express.
        In our world, only healthy, strong and wealthy states survive. Preferably with nuclear weapons. And small and weak are stupidly eaten.
      5. 0
        18 September 2017
        Quote: serverny
        your Natsiks live quite freely, they are also likely to be fed as a support for the regime

        And which of the Natsik ERF lives freely, let me know? I only know that the head of the last N \ S organization, the National Socialist Initiative, Dmitry Bobrov, has recently gone on the run after a court verdict, and the rest have long been behind bars. So who thrives in eReF ?!
  4. +5
    16 September 2017
    And if before Euromaidan in Ukraine, the Belarusian opposition of the nationalist sense, which includes a motley company of Litvinists, BNR fans and followers of Ales Zmagar, were considered marginalized from abroad, then from 2014, the process of legalization of the ideas of Belarusian nationalism and their active implementation into the state ideology.
    ... Yes, it’s understandable why ... Divide and conquer and, most importantly, the people’s brains to powder the people .. there’s no Russian world, there is a Vkarinsky world, Belarusian ... like the old song about the main thing, we are brothers and not brothers ... Brothers when it is profitable and not brothers when it is not profitable ...
  5. +3
    16 September 2017
    [/ Quote]
    Ukrainians and Belarusians are divorced parts of the Russian people. crying[/ Quote]
    And that is why you deny RB the right to history?
    What are you all the same unclear scum - they say the truth, new Natsik like this https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3681853.htm
    l - the most reliable support of the oligarchs in the Russian Federation.
    1. +7
      16 September 2017
      Burnt laughing and you thought you would be panicking for other people's money, inventing history and statehood, but no, no, like kittens with a rag ... lol
    2. +4
      16 September 2017
      Specify the reference. Does not work. And about the story. Who told you that. They teach at schools and much has been written about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. We know respect. But about the ancient history of the country Belarus did not hear. Tell me in what annals about this country is written. We are pleased to read.
    3. +6
      16 September 2017
      Quote: serverny
      And that is why you deny RB the right to history?

      Is this the story about the centuries-old oppression of the smart, kind and beautiful Europeans of the Belarus political leaders by the damned stupid, unkind and ugly Asiatic ugrofinomongols Muscovites?
      1. +1
        16 September 2017
        I read an article where one freak counted at Grunwald how many banners were from the territory of modern Belarus. Counted a lot. The conclusion was obvious about who the main winner is. Perhaps Jagelo rolled over in his grave.
        1. 0
          17 September 2017
          Quote: Ken71
          Perhaps Jagelo rolled over in his grave.

          which Yagelo?
          1. 0
            17 September 2017
            which Yagelo?
            forest laughing
            1. 0
              17 September 2017
              Quote: Astoria
              which Yagelo?
              forest laughing

              Well then, it is clear lol
    4. 0
      20 September 2017
      https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3681853.htm страница не найдена. И с каких это пор комуняка Кассад у Вас нацик?
  6. +4
    16 September 2017
    For some, the news as brothers Slavs really love the damned Muscovites. Maybe under the USSR it was better ..... So no. Not in person, but in the kitchens they discussed how they feed Muscovites.
  7. +3
    16 September 2017
    In whose interests are the Belarusian authorities legalizing nationalism?

    In the interests of this bureau, which is created for
    This is a Russian agency of political advice on issues of interest to entrepreneurs and other economic entities.
    © http://burcon.ru/o-nas/
    In general, enterprises remained in Belarus that want to privatize Russian oligarchs. It is on their order that such articles appear in order to raise the degree of tension in relations between Russians and Belarusians. It is painful to look at the comments of anti-Lukashenko from Russia. Go gentlemen! They applaud you from Washington.
    1. +5
      16 September 2017
      Quote: Mentor
      In general, enterprises remained in Belarus that want to privatize Russian oligarchs.

      Yes Yes. Only Russian oligarchs. And your local brethren in power, she’s just for state property and is ready to give the last shirt so that only the people of Belarus will flourish.
    2. +6
      16 September 2017
      Well, Belkali might be useful wink; MZKT is needed only by the Ministry of Defense, for the rest it is too specific; Belaz after the start of assembly assembly Liebherr Kemerovohimmash questionable; the rest for the most part at the price of scrap metal is bought out and razed to the ground so that the Russian Federation does not constitute unnecessary competition. lol
  8. +4
    16 September 2017
    Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
    Quote: Mentor
    In general, enterprises remained in Belarus that want to privatize Russian oligarchs.

    Yes Yes. Only Russian oligarchs. And your local brethren in power, she’s just for state property and is ready to give the last shirt so that only the people of Belarus will flourish.

    The local brethren have short legs. And they are periodically beaten on these paws. And since Belarus is much smaller than Russia, this beat is more resonant.
    1. +3
      16 September 2017
      Quote: Mentor
      The local brethren have short legs.

      So what? Are you sure that tomorrow when Lukashenko is not in power, your local boyars will not start to cut every bit of himself from the Belarusian state property? Fortunately, the adepts of capitalism are decent there. And in the light of the fact that against the background of the far from being very prosperous economy of the Russian Federation, yours looks very sad, the prospects are far from bright.
  9. +2
    16 September 2017
    The bossy ass of Lyaksandr Rygorovich subtly senses political drafts in Russia and the European Union. The position, you see, is binding.
    In general, he has a difficult situation: in multi-Europe there is no sugar, and in the Russian oligocleptocracy there is no honey. He does everything right, in my opinion.
  10. +1
    16 September 2017
    Quote: Astoria
    Well, Belkali might be useful wink; MZKT is needed only by the Ministry of Defense, for the rest it is too specific; Belaz after the start of assembly assembly Liebherr Kemerovohimmash questionable; the rest for the most part at the price of scrap metal is bought out and razed to the ground so that the Russian Federation does not constitute unnecessary competition. lol

    That's how the oligarchs pierced ... tongue
    1. +4
      16 September 2017
      Your farm itself is overgrown with weeds laughing
      1. 0
        20 September 2017
        Astoria. Reading your comments, I came to the conclusion that you yourself / yourself are overgrown with weeds, and because of this you do not see anything.
        1. 0
          20 September 2017
          I came to the conclusion that you yourself / yourself are overgrown with weeds, and because of this you do not see anything.
          72 is a region, year of birth, or rate of mental development lol
  11. +2
    16 September 2017
    Quote: serverny
    Everything would be fine, just start with your logs. On all "patriotic" resources of the Russian Federation, the main position is that there is no Ukrainian and Belarusian people / language, and they do not even have the right to exist as republics, only annexation to the Russian Federation by regions.

    Or your own nationalism is invisible to you?

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    There are peoples and languages, there are no such nations. Belarusians and ethnic Ukrainians were no more than 14% of the population 40 years ago, then apparently a baby boom occurred, which I did not notice. And about the fact that in these regions there were 3 powerful military districts with military rotation from all over the Union, the great historians of ukrov and litsvin are somehow tactfully silent. And about the fact that half of the regions of these quasi-states are Russian. Although in our time it is fashionable to stick out some facts and hush up others. Let these new-fashioned litsvins with red-white scarves, but without Ryazan, Samara pants, go and yell their reinforced concrete.
    ------------------------------
    PS I doubt that 2 million young healthy men would not touch a single local woman.
    PPS We live in a divided country, so what kind of “own nationalism” you are broadcasting is completely incomprehensible. Apparently you live in the belief that Belarus or Belarus, it is such a block militarily that it’s a straight finish, it will beat off any attack. Be at least DPRK for a start.
  12. +3
    16 September 2017
    Quote: Mentor
    In general, enterprises remained in Belarus that want to privatize Russian oligarchs.

    --------------------------------
    WHAT FOR? Explain. All these industries are in Russia. There are even specialists aged 40-60 years who can reproduce all this at a much better level in 2 years.
  13. +3
    16 September 2017
    Quote: Astoria
    Your farm itself is overgrown with weeds

    ---------------------------
    Why are there so many words if the main national idea of ​​Belarus and Ukraine is “Shukati of a new bagatel pan”? And who will it be - the USA, the EU, China, it does not matter. If only to receive money tranches.
  14. 0
    16 September 2017
    Quote: Altona
    There are peoples and languages, there are no such nations.

    You are mistaken, dear. A people (nation, in foreign transcription) is determined by fairly clear criteria:
    - uniqueness of language semantics
    - the ability to THINK in the native language, live in your own unique language culture and DO NOT THINK YOURSELF OUTSIDE IT.
    For example: a Russian emigrant to the United States, of mature age, has brilliantly integrated into the language culture, speaks the language, but in UMD translates “41-st street” - like “forty-first street”, and not “fot fest street”.
    1. 0
      16 September 2017
      Quote: Klaus
      For an example: a Russian emigrant to the United States, of mature age, has brilliantly integrated into the language culture, speaks the language, but in UMD translates “41-st street” - like “forty-first street”, and not “fot fest street”.

      By recording, you can see that you do not own a foreign one.
      1. 0
        16 September 2017
        justify your statement
  15. 0
    16 September 2017
    Oh ... national patriots have a bad luck ... explanatory dictionaries, dictionaries of grammar, issues of the 40s-60s, authors if you look ... well, straightforward solid "Russian surnames".
    1. 0
      16 September 2017
      But here, I am without malice and without a second thought. A lot of people from all over the world, the intellectual international, so to speak, believed in the Soviet Idea. And they put their efforts and lives on its development, and made a huge contribution to Russian culture and thought. It is what it is.
  16. +1
    17 September 2017
    The authorities in the Republic of Belarus are making an appearance that is friends with the Russian Federation! Actually, I doubt it!
  17. 0
    17 September 2017
    [quote = serverny] [/ quote]
    Ukrainians and Belarusians are divorced parts of the Russian people. crying[/ Quote]
    And that is why you deny RB the right to history?
    What are you all the same unclear scum - they say the truth, new Natsik like this https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3681853.htm
    l - the most reliable support of the oligarchs in the Russian Federation. [/ Quote]
    What, sorry, history? Since 1991? History of the Grand Duchy of Lukashenka?
  18. 0
    20 September 2017
    I would like to draw the attention of those who "criticize" Lukashenko here, look at yourself in the mirror! VO administration, how long will YOU print here, all nonsense about Belarus and Lukashenko ??? What liberalism completely strangled the administration of VO ??? You can ban me, give me warnings, YOU have succeeded in this, because I have one of all those noted here, seven warnings and one ban.

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