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War drums in the east [print version]

Second World War memorial in the Belarus capital Minsk recalls more progressive times. Photo Adam Jones (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The EU and NATO are ramping up hostilities in eastern Europe…

EU and NATO governments have dramatically escalated the ongoing hysteria against Russia, beginning with a propaganda offensive launched against its closest ally, Belarus, in early August.

Alexander Lukashenko, a collective farm manager first elected as president of Belarus in 1994, was re-elected on 9 August this year with 80 per cent of the vote on a platform of maintaining the country’s independence from the EU and NATO. Belarus has also escaped the worst of Covid-19, without the need to impose lockdown or social distancing measures.

But before the votes had been counted the pro-fascist opposition went into action, claiming that the election was rigged, and they received instant backing from the imperialist powers as happened in the “Euromaidan” pro-EU fascist coup of 2014 in neighbouring Ukraine.

Nazi collaborators

They took to the streets carrying the red and white flag of the Nazi collaborators in Belarus during the Second World War, hoping it would replace the current national flag from the Soviet era. Leading supporters of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya were heard praising Hitler in speeches at rallies during the election campaign. 

None of these facts has been mentioned once in the mainstream media. True to form, the EU awarded the opposition its Sakharov human rights prize on 22 October.

The “revolution” failed to materialise and Tikhanovskaya fled across the border into Lithuania, a country, like all EU and NATO member states in eastern Europe, with a problem of state-approved glorifying of Second World War-era fascism.

In the same month in Lithuania, lawyer Stanislav Tomas was sentenced in absentia to three months in prison and fined 2,200 euros for destroying a memorial in the capital Vilnius dedicated to Nazi war criminal Jonas Noreika, responsible for the murder of 14,000 Jews. The judges also convicted Tomas for “damaging the feelings of the Lithuanian people”.

‘Leading supporters of the main opposition candidate were heard praising Hitler…’

In a written appeal to Lukashenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin, Russia’s communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov pointed out: “Belarus is the new target of the globalists. The opponents of the legitimately elected power are to play the same role as the ‘orange leprosy’ in Ukraine. It is not by chance that they have been led to raise the banner which the Nazi authorities already recognised as the official banner on Belarus’s territory occupied in 1942. Today we see attempts to steer the people that defied the Nazi invaders along the path of colonisation and destruction of the economy and culture. As usual, this is being done under the pretext of making the country part of ‘the free world.’”

These events were followed later in August by the alleged poisoning of Russian so-called “opposition leader” Alexei Navalny. In reality, Navalny had an approval rating of around 2 per cent in polls held in 2018, well behind the real opposition leader, Zyuganov of the communist party. Navalny has called for Chechens and other national minorities in Russia to be killed like “cockroaches” and gave speeches at skinhead rallies as recently as 2011.

Navalny was then flown by a “peace charity” to Germany, the power behind the interfering EU. Angela Merkel’s government and the German Army claimed that Navalny, despite regaining consciousness and being able to speak, was poisoned by “military-grade Novichok” and that “only the Russian government can and must answer” for what allegedly happened.

On 9 September, the Russian Foreign Ministry responded by stating: “The massive misinformation campaign that has been unleashed clearly demonstrates that the primary objective pursued by its masterminds is to mobilise support for sanctions, rather than to care for Alexei Navalny’s health or establish the true reasons for his admission to hospital.”

August also saw an escalation of NATO military activity, with Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu saying that NATO had increased its number of spy-plane flights near Russian airspace by more than 30 per cent on the same time last year. Between 23 August and 2 September alone, the Russian Air Force flew at least 10 sorties to intercept NATO spy-planes approaching Russian airspace.