Lukashenko gives his view on the Soviet period of Belarusian history
MINSK, Sept. 1 (BelTA) — Belarus has reclaimed its land from Soviet times. It is an important date on today’s national calendar – September 17, 1939 – the day of the reunification of the people of Belarus after decades of Polish occupation. It is now our National Unity Day which we will soon be celebrating. Because we remember everything, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said during the open lesson “Historical memory – the road to the future” in Minsk on September 1, BelTA learned.
Speaking about Belarusian history, Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the Soviet period. In a contradictory and troubled period, Belarus became one of the republics – the founders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the most powerful state association, which became a real alternative to the capitalist world order western.
He pointed out that before the Great Patriotic War, a lot was done for Belarus in the USSR. The country is reborn, although, as always, there are shortcomings and even systemic errors. One of these systemic errors was to construct a military strategy in the face of the threat of war. Alexander Lukashenko believes that not everything has been done to, if not prevent the war, at least repel the blow of the fascist German army more effectively and make its progress extremely difficult. “We were reckless. And it cost us millions of lives,” said the head of state.
“Next thing. What do you know about that time? Why am I asking? Because during the years of perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, buckets of dirt were dumped over that time “, said the Belarusian leader. “Everything has been smeared: the Great Victory, the great achievements in culture and art, the breakthroughs in science and technology. The Soviet Union collapsed, its memory was tarnished.”
“But it’s the country that your grandfathers and great-grandfathers built, that was respected and reckoned with, and whose accomplishments, such as the first space flight, the first nuclear reactor, the first computer and many others, shook the world. We were leaders in this regard. No problem in the world was solved without the Soviet Union. Bipolarity balanced the planet,” said the head of the state.
It was during the Soviet era that Belarus regained its land. We have an important date on the national calendar today – September 17, 1939. It was the day the people of Belarus were reunited after decades of Polish occupation. “said the president.
“Fortunately, at least we Belarusians have preserved historical memory and truth. We remember the unprecedented heroism of the multinational Soviet people, thanks to whom we withstood these terrible ordeals. We have not forgotten that it was the Western democracies that raised the Nazi monster – fascist Germany – to crush the Soviet Union and then conquer the whole world. This is a tragic page in our history. The Belarusian people were subjected to a veritable genocide. We still have to understand and assess its magnitude and tell the world about it,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The president asked the young people if they knew all the names of the heroes who stopped the Nazi death machine and in whose honor the streets of their cities were named.
Among Belarusian nationals alone there are 73 holders of the Order of Glory, 449 Heroes of the Soviet Union, including 4 two-time Heroes: Ivan Yakubovsky, Stepan Shutov, Pavel Golovachev, Iosif Gusakovsky, as well as heroes – peers of young people today: Evfrosinya Zenkova, Zinaida Portnova, Marat Kazey, Boris Tsarikov and others.
“As for the record of the Soviet period in general, what are the neoliberal elites silent about? They remain silent about the fact that it was in Soviet times that the economic, social, cultural and scientific potential was formed, thanks to which many post-Soviet countries live and develop to this day. Including us. Tell me: should we have destroyed everything? As our neighbors followed the orders of their Western advisers? wondered the Belarusian leader.
Alexander Lukashenko recalled that he became a “totalitarian dictator” when he refused to carry out policies and write manuals dictated by the West.
He suggested taking a look at the modern Baltic states and Ukraine, where factories and factories have been abandoned and unique skills and competences have been lost forever: “Why did this happen ? Because they have become a market for the products of Western industries and cheap labor for their businesses. How are these people different from the natives of European colonial empires? I mean those Lithuanians, part of the Ukrainians. Only in the fact that they put on Nazi uniforms and are at war with monuments that cannot answer. Monuments are silent, but we are living beings. We have to answer that. »
Similar things – the monument war and not only that – took place in Belarus too, but in the 1990s the authorities managed to stop it.
Alexander Lukashenko continued the open lesson by talking about current events around Ukraine and the region in general. “What do we have now?” We live and we don’t know what will happen. War is upon us. As has already happened in our history, the so-called Western partners have pushed the three brotherly peoples – Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians – against each other. However, that doesn’t make us look good. Are we brainless or have we been like this before. Why did we allow anyone to confront us? And again on the horizon we see the same Polish elites. Taking advantage of the situation, they recreate a new Rzeczpospolita. They have already legally formalized their special privileges in Ukraine,” he said.
The President said that now Poland and Ukraine are on a path, and everything seems as if Poland has “forgotten” its territorial claims on Ukraine, on the Volyn massacre, while Ukraine has forgiven everything what the Poles had done in their eastern territory, as they still think. Borders.
“On this path, the Polish government is taking advantage of the refugees and increasing its weight in Europe. Ukraine, on the other hand, is falling into an abyss. The Ukrainian people are robbed. Everything repeats itself. As in the years of the First World War and the Great Patriotic War, timber, peat, cattle and grain were taken from Belarus, today they are taking black soil, grain and other resources. Do you think that all this is taken to feed poor Africa. No, they are taking everything to rich Europe,” the president said.