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Imperialists should beware!

by New Worker correspondent

BELARUSIAN President Alexander Lukashenko has told the imperialists that they will pay a heavy price if they continue to exploit the plight of refugees stranded on the border with Poland to undermine his government that has long been a thorn in the flesh of the Western powers. His warning comes as the courts dealt out a long prison sentence to the ring-leader of the Western-inspired protests that attempted to disrupt the presidential elections last year.

Lukashenko has warned the European Union (EU) that his country will cut off gas supplies from Russia via the country’s pipeline network if more Western sanctions are imposed over the ongoing migrant crisis on its western border. About 20 per cent of Russian natural gas exports to the EU transit through Belarus, mostly through the Yamal–Europe pipeline, making it a key artery for energy supplies to Europe.

The other pipeline through Ukraine is old and unreliable and the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline still awaits certification and is not likely to become operational until the spring at the earliest.

Meanwhile Sergey Tikhanovsky, a pro-imperialist opposition leader, was jailed for 18 years for organising riots and unrest during last summer’s election campaign. His wife Svetlana now leads the imperialist-backed opposition in exile in neighbouring Lithuania. Three other reactionary opposition figures were also found guilty in the same trial.

Svetlana Tikhanovsky, stood against Lukashenko in last year’s presidential race after her husband was banned from standing for inciting violence. Lukashenko won by a landslide and Svetlana fled to Lithuania claiming the election was rigged.

In October another well-known Western pawn, Viktor Babariko, who was also barred from standing in the presidential election, was jailed for 14 years on charges of fraud, money-laundering and corruption. Babariko, the head of a Belarusian Gazprom bank, had planned to challenge the Belarusian president in last year’s election before his arrest in June 2020. His chief of staff Maria Kolesnikova, another prominent dissident, is also in prison doing an 11-year stretch.

At a meeting in Mogilev in the east of the country Lukashenko said last year’s events must never happen again. Although there were some problems in the worker collectives in the state-run enterprises most were within the private sector. But these were ignored.

“We simply became complacent and thought that we were doing our best, working hard, and pulling our weight. We didn’t expect some uprising, some strikes and walkouts and what not. We became self-complacent. We don’t want that to happen now and we don’t want to run with assault rifles along streets once again.”

Even now enterprises are coming under cyber-attack from hackers as part of the West’s hybrid war against Belarus. Attempts are being made to undermine manufacturing processes in the enterprises, particularly in the power-engineering industry. One mouse-click can cost billions of roubles the Belarusian leader said, “They will stop at nothing,” the head of state stressed. “This is why we must not be complacent.”

The Communist Party of Belarus, which supports Lukashenko, is calling on the people to close ranks around the move to build a “Union State” with the Russian Federation.

If the Western forces and their local puppets had succeeded in toppling the government, as they did in Ukraine in 2014, Belarusians would have neither statehood nor civilised living conditions. Belarus retains its independence thanks to Russia.

“With the help of our ally, the Russian Federation…there is no doubt that together we can withstand any pressure.” Absolutely.