Some people such as Victor Potapov want to “revise” the past, to “erase” people and events that they find distasteful. This is utterly wrong, crackbrained, and ludicrous in the extreme. We must keep covenant with all our past… with the Imperial legacy… with the Soviet legacy… we must keep covenant with both, or we create a monstrous golem, a Frankenstein of our own creation. Some people like Potapov are from families that were “somebodies” in Tsarist Russia, who were better off than most. So, the Soviet history and legacy are anathema to them because their families lost their “golden teat”. One can tell the measure of their character by seeing that they didn’t scruple at aiding the enemies of the Rodina in hopes of restoring their fortunes.
The people to follow are Tsar Nikolai and President Lukashenko, who say the same thing in essence. “Keep faith with ALL of our past. Honour everything that was good… reflect on everything that was bad”. That’s more healthy than the anti-Stalin rants of Potapov (and those like him). Keep it focused… the anti-communist warriors will be out in force this year. Meet them head-on and don’t fear… after all, our Holy Patriarch offered sincere condolences to the Castro family on the occasion of Fidel Castro’s death. He showed much more humanity and Christian love than did the loudmouth “conservatives” who criticised him for doing such. Our Church isn’t rightwing…
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Belarusian President A G Lukashenko reiterated his country’s adherence to a military-political union with Russia, telling reporters in Minsk:
Together with Russia, we’re building a Union state, and we’re both part of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. This is a military-political alliance where Belarus, being on its western flank, is in direct contact with NATO, hence our military-political strategy. Belarus is a peaceful country, but we still keep our powder dry. We signed a wealth of accords [with Russia] on ensuring political, economic, and military stability… together with Russia we set up a powerful military force on our western flank, built around a 70,000-strong Belarusian contingent. If, God forbid, we have a conflict flaring in the west, the Belarusian army will be able to hold out for several days before the Russian armed forces kick in, but there’s no need for additional Russian military bases in Belarus. If the West wants to fight Russia, Belarus would take Moscow’s side in such a conflict. We have a treaty with Russia and we will fight here in Belarus, not in the Ukraine or Syria… we’re bound to defend Russia and Russia will take just a few days to come to our help with planes and missiles.
11 October 2015
Belarusian President A G Lukashenko called on the Ukraine to stop sending people to cross the Belarusian border, especially since so many of them were armed. He told journalists after Sunday’s election:
Quit sending armed Ukrainians here. We’re fed up with stopping them at the border… with shells, bats, guns, and ammunition. I’ve had enough of reading those reports and looking through pictures. Stop it. Can’t we live in peace?
On 10 October, citing the press secretary of the State Border Committee, Aleksandr Tischenko, BelaPan reported that the Belarusian government announced that border guards detained about 200 Ukrainians in only a week. Many of them couldn’t justify the purpose of their visit to Belarus and carried camouflage uniforms, bats, bludgeons, and other weapons. Tischenko noted that some of those detained were on an international wanted list for participating in illegal terrorist groups.
12 October 2015
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His Excellency Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko
President of the Republic of Belarus
Your Excellency, Highly Esteemed Aleksandr Grigoryevich:
Please, accept my sincere congratulations on this remarkable date… your 60th birthday… along with wishes of good health, spiritual fortitude, and abundant help from the Lord in your work as President of the Republic of Belarus. Your many talents, including your ability to hear people explain the problems vexing them, and your great experience allowed you to effectively solve the numerous problems faced by your country, and helped you to take balanced decisions on issues that affect the well-being of your compatriots. It’s gratifying to note that an all-round development of public and social life in the Republic of Belarus and consolidating of fraternal relations and allied relations with other Slavic nations bound by a common faith, history, and moral and cultural values marked the years of your presidency. On behalf of the fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church, I’d like to thank you for the attention and support that you give to the Exarchate of Belarus. I’m convinced that a constructive and fruitful coöperation between Church and State leads to a spiritually strong, healthy, and stable society. May Merciful God bless your work for the benefit of the Belarusian people, giving you the patience and continued success in your high and responsible service as President of the Republic of Belarus.
With deep respect,
Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias
30 August 2014
MP official website
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On Saturday, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin played a friendly ice hockey match with Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko and hockey stars. Putin and Lukashenko played in one team with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as NHL legends Pavel Bure and Vyacheslav Fetisov. Their team won 12-3. After the game at the site of the Olympic hockey final, Putin and Lukashenko continued talks in an informal atmosphere.
On Friday, Putin tested the ski slopes at the Olympic host city of Sochi as the city counts down to the start of the Winter Games. Putin skied a few runs at the Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex, on the Psekhako Ridge in Krasnaya Polyana, which will host the mountain competitions when the Winter Olympics get under way on 7 February. Earlier, Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov said that Putin would inspect all the Olympic facilities at Sochi’s mountain and coastal clusters during his visit to the city. The Winter Olympics are the focus of intense international scrutiny and security concerns after the double suicide-bomb attacks in late December in Volgograd, 428 miles (688 kilometres) away, that killed 34 people and injured more than 60 others.
4 January 2014
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