‘Buy Belarusian!’ Lukashenka appeals to patriotism with costly imported watch on hand

There will be no serious problems with foreign currency if Belarusians buy more local products, Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said as he met with the workers of OAO Belavezhsky and the residents of the village of Rasna (Brest region) on Friday.

“What for do you need U.S. dollars? To buy imported goods and spend your vacation in Egypt?” he wondered.

The Belarusian leader stressed the importance of import substitution and urged Belarusians to opt out of purchasing foreign goods.

“We can produce everything and we produce everything. We must take care of our country and buy Belarusian products. If 10 million local residents and 2 million people travelling through our country consume our products, there will be nothing to sell abroad. There will be no problems. Therefore, we need to change our psychology,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

Interestingly, while Lukashenka was making this emotional speech about the quality of Belarusian products and appeal to ‘wear Belarusian’, a new imported watch was seen on his wrist, blogger Anatol Mitsura said. (See the picture above)

What kind of watch was it? Did Lukashenka decide to start with himself and buy a domestic Luch watch?

A day earlier, Lukashenka visited a cotton plant in Baranavichi. The presidential website posted a photo of the visit:

Such clasp, the Maltese Cross, is a mark of Vacheron Constantin watches. Vacheron Constantin is one of the most expensive, prestigious and traditional watch brands.

There is every likelihood that Lukashenka had a Vacheron Constantin Geneve on his wrist. In Moscow its price reaches $ 15,000 – 20,000.


The Central Election Commission has not published Lukashenka’s tax declaration yet, but according to the the previous one, Alyaksandr Lukashenka would have had to save three years to buy such an accesory.


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