Russia’s Great Fatherland War ‘Not Our War,’ Lukashenka Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 27 – In what is symbolically a minimum of his most great wreck with Moscow, Alyaksandr Lukashenka says that the Great Fatherland War (World War II) which Vladimir Putin has elevated to the standing of the nation-defining fable of his nation was now not Belarus’ war.

            In an interview he gave to Kazakhstan’s Khabar information agency, the Belarusian chief stated that his nation had continually been topic to assaults from the backyard and that purely after the acquisition of independence had Belarus been within the function to choose upon its own destiny and think of its own previous (

            “The fatherland war of 1812,” Lukashenka began. “Napoleon developed to Moscow after which returned again via Belarus. Everything was stolen; everything was destroyed. Then, World War I. After it, just a small side of Belarus remained – side of its eastern gubernias handed to Russia and one other as a great deal as Minsk went to Poland by the Riga treaty.”

            “Then, the moment global war – what with us is known as the Great Fatherland War -- Belarus was fully wiped off the face of the earth. These have been now not our wars. We suffered in sorrow,” he concluded.

            Nt surprisingly, many in Russia have been utraged. Svetlana Gmzikva f Svbdnaya pressa bserved that Lukashenka has ften stated utrageous issues but on this case, he “exceeded even himself” (  And to help her conclusion, she interviewed Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of the Russian Presidential Council for International Relations.

            Lukashenka’s statement, he says, makes it seen that the Belarusian president is “destroying the standard historic reminiscence it is the foundation for our standard identity.” Earlier, he had attacked the traditions of the Russian Empire, but now he has moved on to assault Russia within the type of the Soviet Union and denigrate its victory in World War II.

            The Belarusian president is doing this within the carrier of his own private interests, now not these of the Belarusian people, Bezpalko says. “Common reminiscence and identification continually prompts of us to think of why, if everything is standard – language, memory, faith – will we dwell in separate states? And why in Belarus will we dwell a lot extra poorly than in Russia?”


            What Lukashenka is doing in an try to keep himself is now not any other than what the Ukrainians are doing, the commentator says. And there's now not any difference in one other wa: he as soon as stated in St. Petersburg that the NULL peoples who suffered most throughout the Great Fatherland War have been the Belarusians and the Leningraders, as though the latter too have been a separate people.

            All this means, Bezpalko argues, that “the humanitarian coverage of Belarus at the moment is Russophobic,” even ”fascist.”  But fortunately, he concludes, this technique displays the views purely of the leadership and never f the Belarusian people. They recognize who their actual pals and allies are.