The Belorussian Opposition Feeds its Supporters With Promises of Prosperity

First they kidnapped our country, they are kidnapping the best of us. But in the place of the select few from our ranks, hundreds of others will come. We have two ways, to continue to live in poverty or to build a Belarus that we deserve.

This is a similar level of demagoguery that we have observed during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. Did Ukraine achieve prosperity in the six years after its coup d’état? Is Ukraine closer to its stated goals of joining the EU or NATO.

In fact, what happened to Ukraine is a serious drop in living standards, mass unemployment in some regions, and exodus of millions of souls. Ukraine is further away from joining the EU than it was in 2013. In 2013, Ukraine was territorially complete and there wasn’t any military conflict that makes it extremely unattractive for westward integration.

Much like in Ukraine, the opposition in Belarus does not have a plan to elevate Belarussians out of poverty. In fact, the place is gonna suffer like never before should the opposition seize power.

Ukraine Enacted Sanctions Against Belarus

Belarus is being rewarded for her support of Ukraine and nonrecognition of Crimea…

The governments of the European Union have extended sanctions against Belarus for another year, that is to 28 February 2021. This is stated on the website of the Council of the European Union. Other countries have joined the decision, among them was Ukraine but also Norway, and Bosnia.

The sanctions are directed against a number of Belorussian officials, and limits the ability of Belarus to buy weapons.

Minsk is a City of a White Heterosexual Male

So says Dutch Feminist, Lidewij Tummers…

Minsk is a city of white heterosexual males. An urbanist explains why that is bad for everyone.

In short, manly cities are sexist spaces, created in the interests of the market economy. “Contemporary urbanists and feminists critique city planning, which pushes the women, the elderly, sexual and national minorities and other groups of people out.

Lidewij Tummers is a research assistant at the department of planning and architectural sociology at the Leibniz University Hanover. She visited Belarus in late 2019 for a conference: “Accessibility as an indicator of quality living space” of the Minsk Urbanistic Platform.