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Post 27 Aug 2011, 17:05
I understand that Lukashenko is a bizarre figure, and not exactly a Communist, but I wanted to get the opinion of this forum on him and current day Belarus (apologies if this has been covered elsewhere). Described by Condoleezza Rice as the "Last dictator of Europe", he has adopted large scale authoritarian strong arm measures mixed with Soviet era nostalgia. A look at this military parade from this year shows the extent of Soviet longing;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu2akz3HoB8

But how should we view Lukashenko...is he simply a "dictator" looking back at the past glory days of a nation in order to support his current regime, or is he something different? I would really like anyone's opinion on this, as I really do not know much on the guy...
Post 27 Aug 2011, 18:58
Currently relations between Belarus and Russia have collapsed. This was over gas sales by Russia. Belarus has been trying to develop links with the EU as an alternative. The result of this has been very little because few are willing to court his government. Lithuania and Belarus have a relationship. The former is something of an intermerdiary between the EU and Minsk, however it has been criticised for this role.
Post 30 Aug 2011, 05:05
Belarus has privatized since the collapse of the Soviet Union but not as much as the other former republics. Wikipedia says that Lukashenko wanted to create "market socialism" instead of "wild capitalism" like Russia. Belarus also has good relations with socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela, and Lukashenko is supported by the Communist Party, the Agrarian Party, and the Belarusian Socialist Sporting Party. There's also a book about Belarus i've wanted to read called "The Last Soviet Republic: Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus".
Post 30 Aug 2011, 17:55
Red Brigade wrote:
Belarus also has good relations with socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela, and Lukashenko is supported by the Communist Party, the Agrarian Party, and the Belarusian Socialist Sporting Party.


Does Lukashenko describe himself as a Socialist? Or is he simply a leader looking to emulate the Soviet Era? It's very interesting to see how Belarus has seemingly rejected fully the road to capitalism that the Russian Federation has taken...

Red Brigade wrote:
There's also a book about Belarus i've wanted to read called "The Last Soviet Republic: Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus".


I've added this book to my Amazon wish list...although the reviews seem pretty mixed on it....anyone know of any other books on Lukashenko?
Post 17 Sep 2011, 11:05
The Belarussian Communists support him, that alone says a lot about him. Of course he is not "democratic" in the Western defenition of the word, but just take a look at the "democratic" countries of Eastern Europe.... thank god Belarus is not "democratic" then. He has maintained several social policies of the USSR, for which I am very grateful to him. So maybe he's not a "full" Socialist leader, but I absolutely support him.
Post 17 Sep 2011, 12:41
Uh... just another social democrat? Belarus has not by any means anything to do with communism. And no, it is entirely irrelevant whether the "communist" party supports him.
Post 29 Dec 2011, 21:10
Lukashenko describes himself as some kind of socialist, not a social-democrat, but neither as a Marxist. But along the line of Marxist-socialism.
Post 18 Jan 2012, 20:18
Wherever I look in the ex eastern bloc I see the same thing. From ΚΠΡΦ, with its pro-orthodoxy views, alliances with the nationalists, views of the USSR as an "empire" that continued the tsarist tradition, and not socialist as we mean it, to this fella -lukashenka- or other offsprings of real socialism (causesku for example) i tend more to consider the term "social-fascism", coined by the maoists I think, though Im not one, nor I really use such terms in viewinf the soviet era.
Even though I don't really see it this way, such examples make me wonder how itis possible the degeneration of the communist movement to endup in such a post-soviet, communists or "communists".

Ok I know it's not only them nor I try to provoke, but deep within I consider some facts
Post 01 Mar 2012, 12:27
On Marxist terms, you can think of Lukashenko as more of a fire fighter than an ideological leader. When socialism is deteriorating, a Marxist would and should for practical purposes support an available candidate that slows the decay of socialism, and therefore is preventing the acceleration of capitalism ala Poland.

I believe the most important addition to Marxism would be applications of Marxism in periods of Mass disillusionment. As Marxism is a revolutionary ideology, it would make best sense to support the sell out socialists until a revolutionary movement could be built
Post 17 May 2012, 02:43
He is just an authoritarian figure trying to hold power...

Hi. Please try to avoid one-liners in the future. They rarely contribute anything to a discussion. Thanks. Spets.
lev
Post 12 Mar 2016, 02:20
Well, we communists must support any leader that espouses Marxism-Leninism and adopt it for their economy. Imagine the situation if Cuba becomes the only communist country in the world. We'll 'run out of bullets', baby!
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