The nomenclature continues its attempts to expand the political functions of "Belaja Rus"
At the extended meeting of the national council of the organisation, the chairman of the republican public association ‘Belaja Rus’ Alexander Rad’kov emphasised that so far, in Belarus, there is no political figure comparable with current President Alexander Lukashenko. Despite the fact that ‘Belaja Rus’ is a public association, representatives of the organisation targeted their regional structures at active involvement in the 2015 election campaign at all stages: starting with the formation of election commissions, through observation, nomination of candidates via collection of signatures and, finally, the canvassing campaign. It is noteworthy that the leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ announced their intentions to collect the required 100 thousand signatures in favour of the incumbent president within 5 days and cover all the polling stations across the country in terms of observation, which, under the existing conditions in Belarus, is a luxury that cannot be afforded by the majority of political parties on their own. The leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ has harboured desires to occupy a niche of the ‘party of power’ within the Belarusian political system for many years. However, President Lukashenko is still afraid of consolidation of the interests of the nomenclature within the framework of one organisation and does not allow for the significant strengthening of political functions of ‘Belaja Rus’.
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.