Friday, October 24, 2014


Transmission

Straight-Talking Alyaksandr Lukashenka On Life, Women, and Politics

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (left) with Dozhd TV's Ksenia Sobchak (screen shot)
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (left) with Dozhd TV's Ksenia Sobchak (screen shot)
For years viewed as one of the Kremlin's staunchest allies, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka diverged from the party line in an interview this week with Dozhd TV's Ksenia Sobchak. In a surprisingly candid talk, Lukashenka discussed topics including the Ukrainian crisis and Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny -- as well as his views on divorce and beautiful women.
 
On Aleksei Navalny:
 
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said he would not have prosecuted Aleksei Navalny, the Russian opposition figure and anticorruption blogger who was convicted of embezzling $500 000 in the so-called KirovLes case.
 
Navalny was initially given five years in prison in that case, but a court later suspended the sentence. He is currently under house arrest in connection with a separate case.
 
"No, never. What has [Navalny] done to be put in prison?" Lukashenka said. "What is the KirovLes [case] in comparison to billionaires, who have robbed half of the country?"

WATCH: Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Aleksei Navalny's fraud conviction  
On the crisis in Ukraine:
 
Lukashenka said Ukraine's interim government needs to talk with "so-called separatists" in eastern regions to resolve the country's ongoing crisis.
 
"Ukraine should remain a united state," Lukashenka said. "Similar scenarios won't happen in Belarus under any circumstances, at least while I am president."
 
On Russian President Vladimir Putin's divorce and his own marriage:
 
Lukashenka insisted he remains legally married to his estranged wife, Galina Lukashenka, and has no intention of divorcing her, despite the fact that they "haven't lived together for 30 years or so."
 
"I don’t want to traumatize the mother of my eldest children," Lukashenka said, adding he is under no pressure to divorce Galina.
 
"Why is [divorce] necessary? Who needs it? Tell me, who is demanding that I divorce?"  he asked.
 
Lukashenka, however, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, who divorced his wife Lyudmila last year, may have been "under pressure" to do so.
 
Lukashenka suggested a "girl or a woman" might have wanted Putin to get divorced.  "It's even possible to put pressure on presidents," he said.
 
On beautiful women:
 
Lukashenka was also asked about a young woman with whom he was photographed with during a recent ice hockey match.
 
Lukashenka identified the woman as former beauty queen Darya Shmanay.
 
"She has worked with me for two years," Lukashenka said, adding there are many "very beautiful women" working in his administration.
 
Lukashenko said he never sits among officials with a "sour face" during public events. "My son on one side, and a girl on the other," Lukashenka explained his sitting arrangements.
 
On the death of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky:
 

Lukashenko said he didn't believe claims that exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky had committed suicide. Berezovsky died in March 2013 in Great Britain at his home near Ascot.
 
Police in Britain said his cause of death was consistent with hanging.
 
"He loved life so much -- and not only a good life," Lukashenka said. "He was ready to live in a den, a cave, but to be alive."
 
In what seemed to be a reference to Berezovsky's Jewish heritage, Lukashenka said he had once told the late oligarch that he would never hand him over to Russian authorities.
 
Although 90 percent of Belarus's Jewish population perished in the Holocaust, Lukashenka said Belarusians had stood with the Jews and he seemed to draw an implicit comparison between wartime Germany and Russia today.
 
"Even during difficult times, during war, we didn't hand over Jews [to the Nazi army] and fought for them," Lukashenka said, adding "why would I hand over one single Jew who came to me?"
 
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 22, 2014 21:29
Lukashchenka is a real mensch, unlike Hillary. I am sure he has interesting thoughts on this.
In Response

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 25, 2014 06:54
Where are all those smart guys who have been promising "bright European future" for Ukraine after the remouval of Yanoukowitsch from Presidency? Look at the country now: the GDP will shrink by some 7 % this year (according to the IMF), 3 of the 28 regions of the country (Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk) have successfully seceded and the Kiev "govt" has absolutely no influence in these regions.
And starting from June 3rd Russia will apparently turn off its gas supplies to this bankrupt "state", and as a result the population will be sitting in the cold this coming winter.
Great job, you, promoters of democracy! Gongrations on the occasion of having turned Ukraine into another Somalia! Gracias, buen trabajo :-)!

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
May 22, 2014 23:22
I can accept Alyaksandr Lukashenka as the last "dictator in Europe" as the Belarusian people accept him. His iron fisted rule has maintained their standing in the in the international community against all odds.

by: peter from: ottawa
May 23, 2014 00:05
Putin's lapdog, all bark no bite.
In Response

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 24, 2014 18:56
PUTIN SAID:
“RUSSIA CANNOT BE ISOLATED OVER UKRAINE”
I SAY:
“RUSSIA CAN'T CONQUER WITHOUT BEING ISOLATED”
___________________________________________
He says it is “impossible” to isolate Russia from global economy despite Western pressure over crisis in Ukraine.
_________________________________________________
I say it is “impossible” for the West and even most of Humanity let Russia conquer the World part-by-part, starting with Hungary, Checks, Afghanistan, Caucasus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Eastern Europe –

even if Germans and Austrians are promised by Russia part of the loot and British gentlemen wait for outcome, return back to British colonies too -

even if all three enjoying gas pipes staffed into their “How Do You Do?” by Russia -

even if USA, staffed by Russian propaganda “14% of oil reserves” invaded Iraq -

even if USA, staffed by Russian propaganda “Russia killed in Afghanistan 2 millions, let do it too” killed 200 thousands in Iraq -

even if manipulated by Russia 9/11 terrorists and propaganda made USA invade wrong country, Afghanistan, and leaving it for another Russian conquest -

even if Russia planed in advance Russian GRU-Spetcnaz and Adyga influx in Abkhazia, a hundred KGB pseudo-Fascists in Lviv versus pseudo-local “Amurnye lentochki” in Donetsk, KGB-GRU influx in Andijan and Fergana and in all other
former USSR republics and autonomies –

PUTIN, NATO DIDN’T START AND STILL HOLD BACK NATO EXPANSION!
IT IS THE OUTCRY OF NATIONS YOU ATTACK AND DESTROY THAT ASKED UN, EU, USA AND EVENTUALLY SOME NATO HELP TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM RUSSIAN INVADERS, BLOCKADES, CLEANSINGS,
GENOCIDES, REPOPULATION THEIR LANDS AND HOMES BY RUSSIANS!

SHEVARDNADZE STARTED NEGOTIATING WITH USA TO END COLD WAR, RUSSIA PROMISSED BETTER WORLD AND BENEFITTED FROM IT, HELPED BE RICH, EXPANDED AND UPGRADED MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, AND REARMED –

WHILE WEST RUINED BY TERRORIST WARS AND ENERGY BLOCKADES –

WHILE USA FROZE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX –

WHILE WEST IS BLACKMAILED BY RUSSIAN GAS LINES –

WHILE RUSSIA TRY BUILD NEW AXES WITH CHINA AND IRAN IN ENERGY, ECONOMY, ARMS AND SOLIDARITY 0F EXPANSION -

WHILE USA AND WEST INFILTRATED FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM BY RUSSIANS AND THEIR PROXIES TOTALLY CORRUPTED IT AS PERVERTS AND PLAGIARISTS, TO SUCK BLOOD OF JESUS FROM “MERCHANDIZE” –

WHY NATO WOULD WANT TO EXPAND AND GIVE-UP ITS COMMAND TO POTENTIAL RUSSIAN NOMENCLATURA AND QUISLIONGS AS LAST ACCORD - THEIR OWN UNDOING?

WILL RUSSIA REPENT, RETURN ALL THEY STOLE AND ANNEX, ACCEPT FREE, PROSPEROUS AND STRONG NATIONS AROUND THEIR BORDERS?

Rephrasing an old joke about Boor War:
- “Why you plundering and butchering other nations and repopulating them by Russians?”
- “Because they offending Great Russia and might join block NATO!”
- “Didn’t you plan since 1954-56, again, destroy them and accuse them of defending themselves, lying they want to join NATO?”
- “Why not! We are race of Victors, treasonous “strana rabov strana skotov”!”

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 23, 2014 08:20
Russia walk again self-distraction road since 1947-49,
1954-56, since Brezhnev and through "Third Force".
Russia can have progress only if it will not attack non-Russian nations and their interests.
Idiotic despotic Varag-Prussak Russia want kill, send to labor camps and enslave by nerve gas and other evil means non-Russians, breeding in their land and property.
Russia will loose, World don't want Russian "Na koleni Hohol!"
(and any other non-Russian) - win and despotize over them.
If Russia want be friends - return all, pay for your crimes,
change your ways - anything less, even caning of Russia,
will not be accepted!
Germans, Austrians, British and many Americans that Russia
corrupted by bribes, promising them part of the loot and grabbed land is very caning, but it will bring them all to distraction.
RUSSIA, ORDER ALL YOUR FORCE IMMEDIATELLY LIVE
UKRAINE BUILDINGS AND VOTING POSTS!


by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 24, 2014 07:48
ELECTIONS MIGHT CHANGE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
________________________________________________
IDEOLOGY AND LEGALITY - RUSSIA AND YANUKOVICH:
________________________________________________
Three Century Russian Empire pogromed-plundered Ukraine.
For two decades Leninist Russia cleansed-plundered Ukraine.
For 5 years of WW2 Russia and Germany sucked-up Ukraine.
Since end of WW2 Russia sucked, enslaved in the East and
influx Ukraine - the expropriated budgets and resources of
Ukraine and non-Russian nations were in many trillions.
Well planed in advance by Russia and its Quislings
enslavement increased plunder of independent
nations, annexation by Russian pomesh'iks,
cleansing and repopulating by Russians is
slowed in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine,
in 1992-93 and 2008 in Georgia and now
in Ukraine. Yanukovich was the last drop
of blood. Elected illegally, by OBHS-GRU
of Russia and Soviet Quislings under gun
of energy blockade and sabotage Donetsk
and other Cities intimidating the population
Since Czars, Lenin and "Golodomor" made
him President, who tried maintain balanced
trade with EU and "Custom Union", but lost.
Russia control most of "nomenclatura" since
USSR - RUSSIA WOULDN'T LET LAMB GO
FREE - UKRAINE, BEING STRANGULATED,
WAS ABOUT FALL, HE SIGNED ITS DEATH.
THAT MADE YANUKOVICH ILLEGAL TWICE.
RUSSIA TRIED USE IDEOLOGY - "FASHIST"
WEST THAT RUSSIAN KGB FORGED FROM
HUNDRED BROKEN AMNISTED UPA IN LVIV
PARADING IN UPA HATS - BY KGB ORDERS,
"AMURNYE LENTOCHKI" OF WW2 "HEROES"
AND WORKING PEOPLE. IT CANNOT WORK!
RUSSIA INVADING AGAINST ALL UKRAINIANS,
WW2 HEROES, WORKERS AND THE ELECTION!
________________________________________
LEGALITY OF MAYDAN PROTESTS BY PEOPLE:
________________________
TIRANNY CHANGE IS LEGAL.
CHANGE IN PEACE IS TWICE LEGAL.
CHANGE TO SAVE NATION IS TRICE LEGAL.
TIRANNY THAT KILL AND RUN MAKES CHANGE TOTAL.
SWIFT ELECTION LEAVES NO DOUBT IN ITS LEGALITY.

by: MirOb from: TJK
May 26, 2014 11:52
Mr. Lukashenko without any doubts is one of the best president between other presidents of former USSR countries. Why? Because he did not crushed suddenly all achievement of the former USSR. He could keep relation with all former USSR countries and even could keep relation with such foxy country like Russia. Only he could talk with Putin and contra argument him. Bravo Lukashenko and bravo Belorus people.

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