Back to the USSRWednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11:59 | Posted in Belarus, russia | 1 Comment
Tags: lukashenko, medvedev, putin, ussr
Vilhelm Konnader discusses the idea circulating in Moscow that Russia and Belarus would form a union with Vladimir Putin as president. I suppose this concept would foresee Dmitri Medvedev as the president of the Russian Federation and Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. Putin would be a federal president.
Vilhelm does not seem to believe that this would be a realistic scenario (with the reservation that nowadays you can expect just about anything from Moscow):
A union between Russia and Belarus fundamentally contradicts the Putin plan’s policy of modernization, and the only reason why it might still be seriously considered, would be as a concession from the liberals to the security structures for letting Medvedev succeed Putin as president of Russia. The question one must then ask, is if the ongoing Kremlin power struggle has been allowed to go so far, as to enable even the craziest ideas. If the union and similar ideas would materialise, people will in a few years time look back with nostalgia to the relative peace and quiet of the Putin era.
I can think of another reason why Putin might be interested. This could be considered as a first step to re-create the USSR. If so, it would put this video of mine in a totally new perspective.
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Edit: The Other Russia also seems to make a connection between Putin’s endorsement of Medvedev and the rumored Russia-Belarus union:
Rumors of a possible Union between Belarus and Russia with Putin as president swirled in the mass-media during the past week. Some commentators, including Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist party, still saw this as an option. Zyuganov said that the latest endorsement was part of the plot “orchestrated by the Kremlin.”