>USSR2 File: Belarusian dictator “wins” 4th term as president, police clash with 20,000 protesters in Minsk, Medvedev shrugs off fraudulent victory

>– East-West Converge (on Communist Terms): President Lukashenko Invites European Union to Merge with New Moscow-Dominated Customs Union, Create Eurasian Customs Union

Blogger’s Note: We begin our Christmas vacation on December 23. Hence, we expect this will be our last post until the New Year.

Pictured above: Police disperse a group of anti-Lukashenko protesters holding a picket in central Minsk, on Monday, December 20, 2010. The banner reads “Go out!”

On Monday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shrugged off the results of the presidential election in Belarus as an “internal matter” and would not comment on a violent police crackdown that followed the vote on Sunday. Medvedev carefully avoided praise or criticism of President Alexander Lukashenko, who the state election commission declared won a fourth term on the basis of nearly 80 percent of the vote. Medvedev said:

Elections in Belarus are Belarus’s internal matter. What is happening there is, in the final analysis, the internal matter of a neighboring state. I hope that as a result of these elections, Belarus will continue on the path of creating a modern state based on democracy and friendship with its neighbors. For us, Belarus, regardless of who heads the country, will always be one of the closest states.

On Sunday, authorities arrested seven of nine opposition candidates, some of them when riot police clashed with 20,000 demonstrators, who were protesting alleged vote fraud outside the main government building in Minsk. Two of the opposition candidates, Grigory Kostusyev and Dmitry Uss, were released on Monday. According to the AP news agency, “international observers say the count was seriously flawed.” “The KGB [Belarusian secret police] has thoroughly infiltrated the opposition,” the EU Observer quoted an anonymous European Union diplomatic contact as saying.

Lukashenko, like many other older leaders in the Not-So-Former USSR, including Vladimir Putin, is an “ex”-cadre of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Prior to the December 19 poll, the Communist Party of Belarus openly endorsed Lukashenko’s candidacy. Lukashenko is also a close personal friend of Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Zyuganov has visited Minsk on a number of occasions since the “collapse” of the Soviet Union. For his part, a youthful Medvedev joined the CPSU in the 1980s, so his indifference to Lukashenko’s heavy hand is not surprising.

By contrast, a number of US senators expressed dismay at the post-election police crackdown in Belarus, warning Lukashenko that his oppressive regime will “pay a very price.” “Having pursued engagement with Belarus in recent months, the United States and our allies should now consider a tougher approach,” Senators John Kerry, John McCain, and Joe Lieberman said in a joint statement. Tellingly, the US government will not impose serious sanctions on the Russian Federation, which is also guilty of suppressing public dissent, but instead enters negotiations with the Moscow Leninists to reduce the US nuclear stockpile.

Medvedev’s cautious remarks came after mounting tension between Moscow and Minsk earlier this year prompted speculation that Russia might undermine Lukashenko’s 16-year stint as Belarusian president. However, the Kremlin eased tensions just before the vote by agreeing to remove duties on oil exports to Belarus, thereby giving Lukashenko a boost. The two “former” Soviet republics are politically, economically, and militarily joined at the hip through the Union State of Russia and Belarus, Commonwealth of Independent States, Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the new Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

For the most part, Comrade Lukashenko has proven to be a reliable vassal of the Soviet strategists, as was seen on December 9 when the presidents of Customs Union states met in Moscow to discuss details of the Single Economic Space (SES). On December 20, Yury Solozobov wrote for Russia Beyond the Headlines:

Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, with a combined population of 170 million, account for almost 83 percent of the former Soviet Union’s economic potential. The three countries’ combined GDP is equivalent to $2 trillion and the value of their aggregate trade is $900 billion.

The Russian Academy of Sciences predicts that household incomes in the three countries will increase by 40 percent when the SES is “up and running” on January 1, 2012.

At the December 9 summit, Kazakhstan’s president, “ex”-communist Nursultan Nazarbayev, enthused: “The establishment of the Customs Union is the second stage of the integration process. The first is a free trade area. The third is a common market, a common economic space, to be followed by an economic union according to the European model, but without losing sovereignty.” With typical communist bombast, Lukashenko chimed in: “If the European Union or any EU member state wants to join our Union, we will at least look into their application.”

A summit document articulated the long-range objective of the SES: “By developing the Single Economic Space, we are moving toward the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union.” Such an entity as the Eurasian Economic Union would certainly revive Vladimir Lenin’s dream of a “World Soviet Republic.”

3 responses to “>USSR2 File: Belarusian dictator “wins” 4th term as president, police clash with 20,000 protesters in Minsk, Medvedev shrugs off fraudulent victory

  1. mah29001 December 23, 2010 at 5:15 am

    >Hmmm…sounds very similar what's going on in the Ivory Coast…speaking of which some American lobbyist groups affiliated with former President Bill Clinton have been tied to the illegitimate President of the Ivory Coast:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/world/africa/23coast.html?_r=1&src=twrhpOne must wonder if Bill Clinton, who allegedly is affiliated with Czech Communists and an allege Soviet mole himself is helping to further promote chaos in the Ivory Coast? To make it more totalitarian?

  2. mah29001 December 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    >You may also want to check out how the Czech President recently pardoned a "former" Czech secret police prosecutor who was known for executing dissidents, and also the European Union itself not supporting condemnation of Communist regimes and their crimes.Back in the ESSU?

  3. mah29001 January 9, 2011 at 6:23 am

    >I hope you get back from your vacation soon…there was a recent shooting in Arizona that should be slated for Gray Terror, as it seems here the gunman known as Jared Loughner (I think that's his name) had influences of promoting Communism and Nazism and also ironically shared the ideology of the Russian government's run Russia Today network where its hosts often have Alex Jones as guests quite frequently.I should also mention that Russia Today also praised Spetsnaz for its "history" of going after terrorists while at the same time they created many of the terrorists that they claim to be fighting. Yasser Arafat's views over Islam is very similar to the views of those Chechen Islamists, but don't tell RT that or it'd break their lie that 9/11 was an "inside job".

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