Website ‘Sputnik i Pogrom’, a voice of radical Russian nationalists, has published a controversial article questioning the territorial integrity of present-day Belarus.
Notorious Kiryl Aviaryanau-Minski claims that the Belarusian state is an artificial formation comprised of’ ancient Russian lands’.
“Everyone knows that in 1954 Crimea was illegally transferred from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954, many people heard that the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic joined Soviet Ukraine in 1918, but few know that regions of Vitsebsk, Mahiliou and Homiel, previously owned by the Russian Federation, were forced into the Byelorussian SSR. Vitsebsk, Mahiliou and Homiel were transferred to Soviet Byelorussia as a sack of potatoes,” the article says.
The author states that the Belarusians had never been in the eastern part of the country. “Even if there were some, they lost their Belarusian identity, e.g. language and culture,” he says.
Thus, Aviaryanau-Minski creates the ideological framework for the necessity to revise the current borders. It is noteworthy that Russia was launching the war against Ukraine in a similar way.
“If Comrade Lukashenko keeps sticking to this heresy, one cannot rule out that people’s republics will arise in the east (and then, perhaps, in the west) of the Republic of Belarus,” the author stresses.
He also predicts that these ‘Bolshevik gifts’ [territories] that the Byelorussian SSR got in 1924 and 1926 will be recognised illegal.
Kiryl Aviaryanau-Minski has repeatedly published his articles on ‘Sputnik i Pogrom’. Its editor-in-chief Yegor Prosvirnin called on Russia to seize or even destroy Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.