The Kremlin failed attempts to grow an alternative to Lukashenko


In relations between Russia and Belarus, another aggravation occurred. By demonstratively confining this action to the Day of Russia, Minsk showed its “independence” by “hitting” the subsidiary of Gazprom, Belgazprombank. By an interesting coincidence, the head of this financial institution is the rival of President Lukashenko in the elections, which will be held in August. Coincidence?


Belgazprombank OJSC is jointly owned by Gazprom and Gazprombank and operates in the republic in accordance with Belarusian law and the agreement on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union. All these legal norms were grossly violated when the National Bank of Belarus independently changed the leadership of a commercial institution, and a number of criminal cases were initiated against its leadership under serious articles. It is significant that they commented on this event not even in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, but the personal press secretary of President Lukashenko Natalia Eismont:

Huge amounts of money, securities, gold were seized.


This may be due to the fact that policy in this matter much more than economics and crime. Recall that the head of the bank for two decades has been Victor Babariko, a direct competitor to Alexander Grigoryevich in the upcoming presidential election. Lukashenko rushes between Russia and the West, trying to bargain from each side to the maximum. Minsk de facto evaded integration in the format of the Union State with Moscow, which clearly offended the Kremlin. In principle, it is possible to derive a formula with a stretch: there is Lukashenko - there is no integration.

Another question is whether this integration will be with some other president at the head of Belarus. If this logic is followed, then Moscow would really make sense to “grow up” its own “protege” as an alternative to Alexander Grigorievich and a fallback. In the end, Russia has its own national interests, which it has the right to uphold, especially in the post-Soviet space.

In Minsk, they announced a “conspiracy of bankers” and the intervention of “Russian oligarchs”. In general, in our realities it is not surprising if "certain oligarchs" really intervene "by proxy" in the politics of other countries. It is enough to recall Libya, where PMC mercenaries operate, control over which is attributed to “Putin's cook” Yevgeny Prigozhin. The situation in Belarus is gradually changing, and not for the better. The socio-economic situation in the country is deteriorating, the popularity of President Lukashenko among the people is no longer so unconditional. There are data from opposition portals that do not coincide with official statistics showing that Viktor Babariko could well have won the elections in August. Is there something unbelievable that, through Gazprom, the Kremlin could try to promote its own candidate in Belarus?

In fairness, we note that in our union country, the pro-Western opposition, which is promoting the anti-Russian agenda, is also increasingly active. In such a context, Moscow’s inaction would be a much worse option than trying to maintain influence on the Belarusian political process. Perhaps the situation with Ukraine still taught the Kremlin something.

The Minsk response deserves a separate discussion. The country's authorities harshly suppressed these efforts by initiating criminal proceedings against the opposition candidate. It is obvious that Babariko will not be able to be elected with a criminal conviction. In addition, as a result of a completely raider attack, Belgazprombank was actually captured. It is believed that President Lukashenko will demand a “reckoning” for his return to Russian control. For this purpose, on June 19, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov personally arrives in Minsk, and on the 24th the meeting will be held in Moscow.

Apparently, the first “Belarusian pancake” came out lumpy.
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  1. King3214 Offline
    King3214 (Sergius) 15 June 2020 13: 25
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    Lukashenko launched so many NGOs in Belarus that very little time was left before the “potato revolution”.
    I think Russia does not need to save Belarus, but it is urgent to deploy replacement facilities in Russia and build a second branch of the pipeline to Ust-Luga and complete the construction of Nord Stream-2.
    To curtail privileges for Belarus in the Russian market and return everything that was given to Lithuanian liars under the "union state".
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 June 2020 13: 33
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    Ah, thieves and oligarchs have an active life.

    Huge amounts of money, securities, gold were seized.
    1. molotkov60mkpu Offline
      molotkov60mkpu (Yuri) 15 June 2020 15: 01
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      And then you can withdraw from the bank? If it were a state bank, it would try to piracy Luke, as it is now. Although let it show our example of decisive action. In 2014, Luke would not miss a chance. As a capitalist country, Russia cannot be attractive. Hence all the problems.
      1. King3214 Offline
        King3214 (Sergius) 15 June 2020 17: 09
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        And who can be attractive, communist China?
  3. Cheburashk Offline
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 15 June 2020 13: 35
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    Huge amounts of money, securities, gold were seized.

    No, damn it, the bank should have seized toilet paper ??? !!!!

    Belgazprombank OJSC is jointly owned by Gazprom and Gazprombank and operates in the republic in accordance with Belarusian law and the agreement on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    In this case, for whom is the law, and for whom is a pressure tool and other tools!

    "Oligarchs" really interfere "by proxy" in the politics of other countries. Suffice it to recall Libya

    What does Libya have to do with it, doesn’t anyone know that Gutseriev exists and works in Belarus. There are various rumors about him about friendship with Lukashenko.

    Socio-economic situation in the country is deteriorating

    Well, if Russia had stopped giving money, it would naturally get worse. Words cost nothing more.

    In such a context, Moscow’s inaction would be a much worse option.

    I always said that it was a big mistake - not to work with the population of the republic - from the word at all!

    It is obvious that Babariko will not be able to be elected with a criminal conviction. In addition, as a result of a completely raider attack, Belgazprombank was actually captured

    Well, I don’t know if Lukashenko simply squeezed the bank in the style of the 90s, then it turns out that he will compete with Gazprom and more. The question will be with investors in the future!
  4. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 15 June 2020 13: 42
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    And in relation to Platoshkin and Grudinin, Putin also acts. Now they will receive the article and forget about the elections. So Lukashenko is learning fast. Now gas is sold to Europe at $ 80, and Belarus at $ 127. Economically, Russia is not behaving like an ally with Belarus! And in order not to seek and prepare a replacement for Lukashenko, maybe you just need to be honest to the end, and not try to cheat and get something for free.
    1. King3214 Offline
      King3214 (Sergius) 15 June 2020 13: 56
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      And what of that?
      And when gas was more expensive in Europe than in Belarus, I don’t remember the protests in Belarus and the demand for equal prices.
      And after the refusal to recognize Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008, despite the promises, Belarus is not an “ally”, but a “parasite”.
      I will not say anything about Crimea.
      Three letters let this “ally” go, half bent.
    2. Jack clubs Offline
      Jack clubs (Eugene) 15 June 2020 20: 35
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      Would be honest, there would be no Russophobia in Ukraine. Zelensky’s success is also in the fact that he is the most Russian restrained candidate. At least in the beginning.
      It’s not for Medvedchuk to vote, completely inexpressive even in comparison with Yanukovych.
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  6. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 15 June 2020 14: 13
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    But what about Platoshkin and Grudinin did not say anything? If you criticize, then to the end, but do not tear out phrases from the text! You can immediately see the fan of Putin! Platoshkin and Grudinin are “thieves,” but Chubais and Navalny are correct. That's right they say about Putin-a hypocrite! And his fans are the same !!
    1. Cheburashk Offline
      Cheburashk (Vladimir) 15 June 2020 15: 19
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      Quote: steel maker
      But what about Platoshkin and Grudinin did not say anything? If you criticize, then to the end, but do not tear out phrases from the text! You can immediately see the fan of Putin! Platoshkin and Grudinin are “thieves,” but Chubais and Navalny are correct. That's right they say about Putin-a hypocrite! And his fans are the same !!

      Well, in this case, you are just a banal Vlasovite with all the consequences!
    2. King3214 Offline
      King3214 (Sergius) 15 June 2020 17: 10
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      They are not authorities, Platoshkin and Grudinin for me, but human rubbish.
      1. Marzhecki Offline
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 16 June 2020 07: 30
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        And who are the judges, I always want to ask?
        1. King3214 Offline
          King3214 (Sergius) 16 June 2020 11: 21
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          I am writing about myself. Therefore, the judge is I.
  7. kriten Offline
    kriten (Vladimir) 15 June 2020 17: 17
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    The foreign policy of the Kremlin often sins with complete failures. So it was with Ukraine - betting on the oligarchs. Now this is happening with Transnistria, although it may be that the Kremlin intentionally decided to surrender it. Enumeration can be long .... there are not enough victories.
  8. DII Offline
    DII (Igor Davidyuk) 16 June 2020 10: 47
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    All Russian "gratuitous aid" is a fake. A loan at interest is the same "help" as, for example, products in a store for money. Bullshit. Russia's economic policy towards Belarus is attempts to raider the country with the help of blackmail and threats. Either gas will be shut off, or oil - economic terrorism aimed at economic strangulation of the country.
  9. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 16 June 2020 12: 40
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    Well, in this case, you are just a banal Vlasovite with all the consequences!

    It’s you jumping under the Vlasov flag, but the Stalin's avatar. Hypocrites, like Putin. And this is the only sin that God does not forgive!
  10. MsAndreySAV Offline
    MsAndreySAV (MsAndreySAV.) 17 June 2020 10: 23
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    The author does not know that the initiator of the Union State was Lukashenko, even before Putin. This is Russia doing everything - to push away the last ally from itself, all the others have long since turned their backs on you .. Maybe you should ask, finally, a question - maybe it is me? If your frostbitten gas Miller is trying to sell to Belarus for $ 127 (and the market price of gas is $ 45) - is Belarus to blame? For 26 years we haven’t taken a penny for Russian military bases in Belarus .. It’s just that Russia is a poor center for unification. You can only trade, but not unite. And you will trade with us — you will not get anywhere — as you trade with the USA and Ukraine, with whom you are enemies.
  11. 123 Online
    123 (123) 22 June 2020 09: 59
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    In general, in our realities it is not surprising if "certain oligarchs" really intervene "by proxy" in the politics of other countries. Suffice it to recall Libya, where PMC mercenaries operate, control over which is attributed to “Putin's cook” Yevgeny Prigozhin.

    How much is already possible? Blood from the eyes drips from the pearls of Platoshkin's plumbers.
  12. 123 Online
    123 (123) 22 June 2020 11: 49
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    Primitive logic. Without any reason to declare the candidate pro-Russian and deduce from this the theory of the “failed policy of Moscow”.
    Firstly, Babariko is not the head of "this financial institution."
    Secondly, the fact that he worked in a bank with Russian participation does not say anything, especially since he is a “Kremlin protege”. Platoshkin, for example, used to work at the Foreign Ministry, and Dudaev was a Soviet general.
    Not a single sane argument in favor of this version. request