Integration threats. Part 1

On February 14, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB), listed the threats that the service should reflect, and separately touched upon a question of security of integration projects initiated by Russia in the post- Soviet space. «We’ve heard some recent nervous and outspoken remarks regarding integration in the post-Soviet space. Let’s put them down to the emotional rhetoric of these politicians. Close integration is an intrinsic global process. Nothing can stop or slow down the reintegration of the post-Soviet space» - Vladimir Putin said.

«Do not sponsor Lukashenko…» Part 4

Returning to the subject of our article, we should answer the question that logically arises from understanding the nature of the conflict of Russian interests in the Republic of Belarus and Eastern Europe, and the interests of the Belarusian regime: why does the axiom that Russia (Kremlin) strongly supports the Lukashenko regime is so popular in modern Belarusian political field? The answer to this question can not be decisive.

«Do not sponsor Lukashenko» Part 3

Speaking about the issue of the Russian subsidy of Belarus, we have fixed that the third, integration, block is the most disputable in Russia-Belarus relations. The third block is almost entirely based on advances, goodwill and promises of the Belarusian side to fulfill obligations, but in actual fact it is an illusion.

«Do not sponsor Lukashenko…» Part 2

In the traditional New Year address Alexander Lukashenko did not mention the results of the first year of participation of the Republic of Belarus in the Common Economic Space. Upcoming Minsk's chairmanship in the CIS in 2013 was the only mention about integration. There is no doubt that such an open disregard of this issue is a clear demarche against Russia - the main initiator of the integration projects on the post - Soviet space. It is not a secret that integration is the only more or less legitimate means which provides financial and resource support to the post-Soviet economy of Belarus. Belarus exists because of integration.

2012: Year in review

In the last days of December, the ghost of the outgoing 2012 wanders around the snowy and icy Moscow. The fact is that the ghost has a distinct Belarusian origin and reminds Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko, well-known in the corridors of power in Moscow.

«Do not sponsor Lukashenko …» Path 1

The "end of the world" on December 21, 2012, predicted by the Mayan, did not happen, but according to the experts of this ancient civilization, the "end of the world" may happen in the next two weeks, it means, until January 4, 2013. However, last Friday was relatively quiet and it is strange that Belarusian media did not connect such an encouraging fact with the fruitful activity of Alexander Lukashenko. At least, the Belarusian media could present the image of the hero, who saved the world and prevented the Apocalypse at the cost of his own life. However, it is difficult to imagine that Alexander Lukashenko is doing something "at the cost of his own life”... In general, the work of the media was incomplete, but I think it happened because A. Lukashenko has much less heroic, but very important for the survival of the Belarusian political regime mission – to solicit 4.5 million tons of Russian oil. The meeting of the Presidents of Russia and Belarus took place on December 19.

Chance for limitrophes

December 7, the day after the opening ceremony of the pipeline "South Stream" in the Russian Black Sea city of Anapa and before the next CIS summit in Ashgabat, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Dublin said that the US is to prevent integration processes in the post-Soviet space, as it is regarded as an attempt to revive the Soviet Union: “There is a move to re-Sovietise the region,” said the US Secretary of State. “It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that. But let’s make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”

Letters from afar. Letter IV. Do not believe, do not fear, do not ask.

The funds of the Soviet cinema have a wonderful film "Lenin in October", 1937 (!) is the year of the release. In the days of my childhood, it was broadcasted on TV every week. Having regard to the fact that the film was made for the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution, it is now perceived almost like a documentary. However, we are not interested in the stories about the storming of the Winter Palace or examples of restlessness and fidgetiness of eccentric Vladimir Lenin, who, according to the scenario, was treated like a schoolboy. The fact is that the film has quite a phenomenal story of reading the letters "from the village." The leader of the proletarian revolution, was a little bit embarrassed by the fact that the peasants, awakened by the revolution, not only took away the land from the landowners, but "killed" them. Lenin somehow avoided a specific answer - whether to support such radical methods of class struggle? It turned out that "killed", well and good – so it goes, "peoples art" ("very sensible letter").

Letters from afar. Letter III. Fear

Fear is the main instrument of the authoritarian regime, which helps the authorities to conduct political and administrative activities. The fear paralyzes the will of the top officials of the regime,controls the security services and falsifies the election results. Everyone is afraid, including the head of the state and a simple pensioner (suddenly the pension will be reduced). Of course, the president's fears pale in comparison with the fears of representative of the law enforcement agencies, who, on the one hand, is afraid to infuriate the chiefs, but from the other hand is afraid to bear responsibility for his activity in the case of change of the political regime.

Letters from afar. Letter II. It is necessary to survive

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev died on November 10, 1982. The «stagnation period» refers to a period of crisis in the history of the Soviet Union that started during Leonid Brezhnevs time, but of course it does not reflect the achievements and failures of the era. Alexander Lukashenko, certainly took quite a prominent and respectable place in the history of independent Belarus, One can hardly call these years the «stagnation period», but there is no doubt that this period in the life of the Republic of Belarus can be called a period of missed opportunities.