Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Clash Of The Messianic Titans: Russian Democrats Warn Of Pre-2008 Russian 'Anschluss' With Belarus

"Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of the liberal Yabloko party has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin could stay on for a third term, overcoming the constitutional ban on such a move by what Yavlinsky called an “anschluss” with Belarus.

Speaking at the interview with the readers of the Russian internet daily, Yavlinsky said that Putin might not leave his post in 2008. “An authoritarian system does not know how to change its leader. This is the way it is made, it is not adapted to the change of the leader in general and so systemic problems will arise, I mean it will be hard (for the bureaucrats) to part with their privileges and property, and with their posts, and besides, Putin and his entourage have this Messianic feeling — Russia must be saved and what is there that cannot be done for the sake of that?”

“It will be very dangerous if this is done through an anschluss with Belarus. For everyone. But this option should not be excluded,” Yavlinsky said." "Anschluss With Belarus Could Mean 3rd Term for Putin — Yavlinsky" May 25, 2006


"Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier [into Austria] there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators."

Adolf Hitler, speech at Koenigsberg, East Prussia, Germany [now Kaliningrad, the Russian Federation] March 25, 1938


"By their remarkable achievements, the talented youth of Belarus glorifies this country, president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said today in a meeting with the talented representatives of the younger generation.

Following the special tradition, such a meeting is held in spring when the nature blossoms and peoples’ hearts are filled with positive feelings, optimism and creative energy, the president said.

Belarusian students have been steadily showing high results at international Olympiads in various subjects over the recent years, Alexander Lukashenko noted. About 20 thousand young Belarusian have become prize-winners of these tough intellectual contests.

Young Belarusian musicians and artists please with their outstanding achievements, the head of state said. Last year, over 120 representatives of Belarus became laureates of nation-wide and international festivals and contests. Belarus won the first prize at the international Delphic Games in Kiev. “It was in the course of just one year that our young countrywoman Ksenia Sitnik managed to reach two creative highs having won first prizes at the arts festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk and Eurovision”, Alexander Lukashenko said."

Belarusian [Official State] Telegraph Agency "Alexander Lukashenko: by their achievements, talented young men of Belarus glorify the country" May 25, 2006


Dear Friends,

We have a pleasure to invite your theatre company, no matter classical or avantegardic it is, to take part into the III International Student Theatre Art Festival "Teatralny Koufar-2006", in Minsk, Belarus October the 1st - October the 8th, 2006.

By following the links you will find the Festival regulations and application form.

For any further information, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope to see you among our participants!

Ever yours,

Organizing Committee. foto2005en.html [home page]

Photo credit: Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus Theater Festival. With thanks.


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