Authorities initiate soft “Belarusianisation” policy
While meeting with students from the Belarusian State University, the President’s Assistant for Economic Affairs, Kyril Rudy, said that a recent poll held by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that Belarusians consider the loss of the Belarusian language to be among the country’s main threats.
In recent years, the Belarusian leadership has sought to draw Belarusian society’s attention to national identity issues in order to reduce threats to national security amid the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy and recent developments in Ukraine. The Belarusian government will continue to implement a cautious and soft “Belarusianisation” policy in order to narrow the value split in the society and to consolidate it around the ideas of independence and Belarusian national identity.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.