How Belarus Differs from Ukraine.

  • Belarusians  have shown that even though their views can differ, they can unite.
  • There is no divide between the East and West.
  • Russian president Putin stated that he wont interfere in the Belarusian election.

Protests in Belarus started after the presidential election in August. The results of the election were flawed, to put it mildly. The opposition leader, Svetlana Tichanovskaya, whose husband has been jailed, had to leave the country. The reason behind her departure is the fear for her life and safety.

Sviatlana Heorhiyeuna Tsikhanouskaya is a Belarusian human rights activist and politician who ran for the 2020 Belarusian presidential election as the main opposition candidate. She is the wife of activist Siarhei Tsikhanouski.

Nevertheless, Belarusians  have shown that even though their views can differ, they can unite. Additionally, for the sake of unification, the Belarusians know how to tone out their differences in views, from the views of their compatriots. They are ready for dialogue, compromise, agreement, and acceptance of the majority opinion.

It is not the same in Ukraine. The eastern and western side are deadlocked in the views, and will never united. The Western side wants to enforce their views and language. In reality, a majority of Western Ukraine speaks a dialect of Ukrainian that is mixed in with Polish. Hence, they are close to Poland.

Furthermore, the protests in Belarus have shown that they are united based on the ethnic, national, ideological, and religious grounds. There are no territorial divisions between East and West.

Additionally, the radicalism of extreme nationalism or xenophobia is not an issue within the country.  They will not be led to provocations like Ukraine, or the dumping of questionable evidence against the US presidential candidate, Joe Biden.

Moreover, President Alexander Lukashenko and his propagandists understood that the populous would not be swayed by cheap antics.

The protests showed that there is no antagonism, division of Belarusian society into classes, characterized, in scientific terms, by different attitudes to the means of production.

Alexander Lukashenko is a Belarusian politician serving as President of Belarus since the office was created on 20 July 1994. Western opponents of Lukashenko have described Belarus as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship.’

Representatives of all “classes,” strata of society, sectors of the economy, and spheres of activity take part in the protests. Yes, there is a division between being pro- or anti-Lukashenko, but it is not the ideological divide. There is also Lukashenko’s repressive punitive apparatus. It is not an obstacle for Belarusians, it is a future goal to have it fixed.

Belarusians understand that the future of their country is for them to fix, and not be used by the myriad of players looking to advance their own national agendas.

There are enough contradictions in the relations between the conditional West and Russia. Neither side has any desire or desire to spend money, no need, no selfish pragmatic benefits from the future well-being of ordinary Belarusians.  Except as a “security lane,” for the military terminology.

It is clear Belarus is a peace-loving and united nation. They will persevere to have changes. At a recent event, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated new elections are for Belarusian people to decide when and what they would like to achieve. Russia will not interfere in the Belarusian elections.

Belarus has a backbone, and it is very possible the new presidential election will happen next year. There are also changes expected to the Belarusian constitution. The new chapter for Belarus will bring necessary changes to achieve democracy.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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