Red Terror File: Belarusian dictator refutes allegations his regime behind Minsk subway bombing; Russian Communist Party boss defends Belarus’ “controlled market,” blames EU for “terrorism”

Last Saturday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko angrily refuted allegations that his government orchestrated the subway bombing in Minsk that killed 13 commuters and wounded more than 200 others on April 11. He lashed out at detractors and sceptics alike. “What they are saying,” he ranted, “—that this was done to distract the attention from the economic situation—only idiots and scoundrels would make such judgments. Is the situation in the country so critical that I have to resort to desperate measures? It is not critical.”

The previous day, Lukashenko attributed the bombing to an international campaign to destabilize Belarus. “First came the currency market, then food market and then the subway blast occurred,” Lukashenko lamented. “It was the entire chain.”

The Minsk bombing has bewildered terrorism experts, who havespeculated about likely motives in the tightly controlled “former” Soviet republic, which has little history of large-scale terrorist attacks, unlike the Russian Federation. Some bloggers have asserted that the Lukashenko regime resorted to terrorism to distract Belarusians from the country’s poor economic state.

Belarus’ hard currency reserves are critically low and the economy faces a possible currency devaluation. Last year, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan formed a customs union that oppositionists in all three countries claim is a building block toward restoring the Soviet Union.

Belarusian authorities have arrested five suspects in connection with the incident, including a man in his mid-20s accused of placing the bomb on the platform of Minsk’s busiest subway station, Oktyabrskaya. They have not suggested who ordered the bombing.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council condemned “the apparent terrorist attack.” An anonymous UN diplomat confided that “the word ‘apparent’ was included in this statement for a reason,” namely that the Security Council itself suspects Belarus’ “ex”-communist dictator is endeavouring to “stamp out the last vestiges of political pluralism and dissent.”

Lukashenko has ordered the State Security Committee (KGB), still known by its dreaded Soviet-era name, to interrogate the country’s harried dissidents over the blast. Meanwhile, the prosecutor general warned that “irresponsible web reports” will lead to the need to “bring order” to the Internet, the last “outpost” of free speech in Belarus. Last Friday, the Information Ministry reprimanded two leading independent dailies, Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya, for their coverage of the bombing. Under Belarusian law, two such reprimands are sufficient for authorities to secure a media outlet’s lawful closure.

The day after the Minsk bombing, Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), rushed to Comrade Lukashenko’s defense. He parroted the dictator’s rant, alleging that “aggressive forces” based in the European Union, meaning capitalists, are determined to bring down Belarus. Chairman Zyuganov railed:

It seems to me that this terrorist attack was primarily aimed at destabilizing the situation in Belarus, undermining the country’s healthy climate and creating an atmosphere of fear. Those standing behind the blast are deep-dyed villains. It was an absolutely outrageous, well-planned terrorist attack staged in a busy rush hour.

In principle, there are very influential forces that are interested in destabilizing the situation in this country and, subsequently, in condoning such terror acts.

Belarus remains among the few former Soviet republics that continue developing confidently today. It has quite worthy standards of living, and all of the main enterprises continue operating. There is no organized crime, oligarchy and immorality that exist in many other regions and territories. Belarus has been following its own path, on the one hand, taking care of its citizens, and, on the other hand, working to create a controlled market for the benefit of its people.

 The fact that the Belarusians continue living their own life and have not yielded to foreign pressure is an eyesore to many people. It causes heartburn among aggressive
forces because they cannot control everyone. Europe seeks to crush Belarus.

Dirty and mean forces needed this explosion in the Minsk subway system. Europe is certainly annoyed by the Belarusian authorities’ independent decision making.

Incidentally, this week Zyuganov announced that he will once again represent the CPRF in Russia’s March 2012 presidential election. He secured a close second behind President Boris Yeltsin in 1996, but achieved a distant second in the 2000 and 2008 elections. Zyuganov did not bother running in the 2004 presidential election. The CPRF
regularly accuses the United Russia party, itself founded by “ex”-communists, of rigging the country’s elections. President Dmitry Medvedev has declared his candidacy, but Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued no official statement yet.

Although there may be no connection with Belarus’ internal problems, on Tuesday the Russian Air Force began a two-day large-scale drill, deploying 45 warplanes, including Tu-22M (Backfire), Tu-95 (Bear), and Tu-160 (Blackjack) strategic bombers, fighter escorts, and aerial tankers. The Kremlin expects to begin serial production of its first-ever stealth bomber in 2025 and, in the meanwhile, will rely on modernized versions of the other, Soviet-era aircraft to uphold its “nuclear triad.” Russia flew its prototype of the Sukhoi PAK-FA stealth fighter in January 2010. At the time, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin boasted that its performance will excel that of the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor.

One response to “Red Terror File: Belarusian dictator refutes allegations his regime behind Minsk subway bombing; Russian Communist Party boss defends Belarus’ “controlled market,” blames EU for “terrorism”

  1. mah29001 April 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

    So now Russian Reds are blaming the European Union for terrorism, when in reality they themselves could be the oens helping the terrorists say through Iran or Turkey?

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