Kurginyan: Lukashenko combined Westernization of Belarus with its neo-Sovietization

04.04.2023, Moscow.

President Aleksandr Lukashenko successfully combined a reasonable Westernization of Belarus with its neo-Sovietization, and this model of development is very important to all the post-Soviet countries including Russia, said philosopher, political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in an interview to the BelTA Belarusian channel published on March 23.

The political scientist noted that he has been watching what the president of Belarus is going “from a very long distance over many years, but quite carefully.” The first thing that Lukashenko impressed him with was his voting against the partitioning of the USSR.

Those days, he had to have a great courage to do so, and, as he was a relatively young man, he had to have a kind of an inner core of deep understanding what the Soviet Union meant etc., Kurginyan said.

Also, according to the leader of Essence of Time, he feels sarcastic towards those who derogatorily speak about the president of Belarus as a “collective farm worker.”

Because those who say so, as Dostoevsky said, ‘Turn into boorishness, and you wouldn’t invent the nail!’ They cannot invent the nail,” the philosopher indicated. “And he built a very interesting post-Soviet model, which is perhaps the only interesting one.”

To explain why the Belarusian model is peculiar, Kurginyan said that Lukashenko, after he came to power, began to “combine reasonable Westernization of Belarus with its neo-Sovietization.”

This Belarusian model in this sense is of great importance for all the post-Soviet countries including Russia,” the political scientist believes. “Because this is a model of a right synthesis of the best practices of the Soviet Union with what we can take from the West.”

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency