State youth union BRSM as military reserve: Lukashenka haunted by war threat


Alyaksandr Lukashenka has used Komsomol members as an example and again expressed readiness to arm Belarusians at Monday’s meeting with the activists of the state-run Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM).

According to him, the youth of today should keep peace which is ‘Komsomol heritage and step into their shoes – ‘to live and work for the sake of future generations’ happiness and well-being’.

“What if tomorrow one has to take arms and defend our homeland? Will I, as Commander-in-Chief, get through it having only the system based on the Armed Forces and the police? No, I won’t. We will have to hand over arms to men, and even girls, to defend homeland, yourselves, your families, your children. God forbid, a conflict, war starts – which bodies and organizations should we put in place? What did it look like during the Great Patriotic War? Communists, Komsomol members were in the forefront!… In an hour of need, the head of state (me or whoever) or the government may engage this organization [BRSM],” Lukashenka said.

In his opinion, BRSM members made the right choice by joining the organization. “Now you should make the organization combat-effective, in a good sense,” the Belarusian leader told its leader.

Interestingly, three weeks ago, when visiting a training ground near the Belarusian town of Ivatsevichy, Lukashenka said that fire arms might be distributed among most Belarusians in a war time.

The meeting was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Komsomol. Thee All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, usually known as Komsomol, was a political youth organization in the USSR. The Komsomol in its earliest form was established in 1918.

It is commonly known that the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM) plays the first fiddle in ideological education of the Belarusian youngsters. However, the head of state repeatedly blasted pro-government youth organizations for holding dog-and-pony shows.

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