Soviet Identity and War Myths in Belarus

There is a tired old cliché that Belarus is a Soviet theme park, a phrase overused in the West, most often on Internet tourist sites. Most Belarusians do not want a return of the Soviet Union, but they do have some ties to a Soviet identity, one that has been consciously and deliberately fostered by the Lukashenka presidency and linked to the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany.

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Russian Orthodox Church is efficiently the established church in Belarus

On 4 July the president of the Papal Inter-Religious Committee from the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, met with Alexander Lukashenka in Minsk. During the meeting, Belarusian authorities tried to convince the Vatican’s representative that all 25 religious denominations present in Belarus live in peace and enjoy freedom. However, as Lukashenka made clear, only the Orthodox Church can have a leading role in Belarusian society.

Metropolit Filaret, President Lukashenko and his son Nikolai

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Mogilev (Mahiloŭ) Region (Oblast) – the Homeland of President Lukashenko

In Belarus politics, Mogilev (Mahiloŭ) region (oblast) is associated with its most famous figure – the present President of Belarus. Apparently, the region has greatly influenced Lukashenko’s identity and politics. It lies in the east of Belarus on the border with Russia, and is, for all appearances, the least Belarusian-speaking in the country.

* This article used Belarusian transcription of names

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