Belarus and Coronavirus

How Belarusians are dealing with this critical heath issue.

B for Belarus #17 (2020-4-2) expert talk about Belarus with Vladimir Baranich and Yaroslav Romanchuk

  • coronavirus in Belarus: attitude of the people, business and the authorities;
  • Why Belarusians compare the current epidemic with Chernobyl in 1986?
  • the authorities are not used to being honest and open with the people. Hence they are adding to the panic.
  • Social and economic consequences of the coronavirus outburst;
  • Schools, kindergartens, plants and sport grounds are still in normal working mode.
  • What conclusions will Belarusians make after the coronavirus epidemic is over?

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Here’s comment by Yaroslav Romanchuk on his FB page.

Coronavirus revealed a few important factors and parameters of the Belarusian society and government.

First, Belarus is facing a deepening crisis of trust. Its deficit makes it almost impossible to coordinate activities of the people, business and the authorities. The synchronized action of all stakeholders is impossible because the government has been ignoring the society and business for over 25 years. Policy makers cannot switch on the mode “Everybody included” after about 26 years of arrogant exclusion.

Secondly, the Belarusian super-centralized authoritarian model “State-Plan” has proved its rigidity, inability to adequately face dramatic changes and severe challenges. Its reaction is slow, incompetent like from a bush league team.

Thirdly, the Belarusian regime focuses more on showing off and swaggering than taking science based, common sense approved joint actions. It still focuses on formal gross indicators ignoring a person in need. At the same time it created disincentives for the people to help each other.

Fourthly, the Belarusian regime has forgotten how to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. It lies with statistics. It cheats with political “elections”. It distorts reality both in the West and in the East. It practices hoax even when it benefits from honesty and transparency.

Finally, the Belarusian managers of other people’s money and assets are determined to make even more money for themselves – at the expense of the people and SMEs. Moreover this time they do not mind grabbing the most lucrative pieces of property under the cover of “liberalization and market reforms”.

We have entered another historical period that can be called “Interesting times”. We are testing our humanity and civilization skills. We are scrutinizing our values, skills and attitudes. We are experimenting with our freedom and slavery. May it be the beginning of our epoch of Enlightenment. Aren’t we sick and tired of living in the dark feudal ages?

About the participants
  • Vladimir Baranich is a country consultant and media analyst – aka Lad Bar (the founder of the ExpAt.by).
  • Yaroslav Romanchuk currently works as the President of the Scientific Research Mises Center.

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