No Equal Partnership

Why the Kremlin Needs Belarusian Political Parties

6 August 2020

Adam Jurchanka

The statements and actions of Russian partners of Belarusian parties clearly indicate the rejection of the idea of equal partnership between Russia and Belarus and the de facto rejection of the idea of Belarusian sovereignty and statehood.

Is it really harmless for official Belarusian political structures to work with their Russian counterparts and what threats does the “deep integration” of political forces of the two countries pose against the backdrop of the Kremlin’s desire to merge with their neighbour?

The function of modern political parties in the domestic politics of Belarus has been reduced for the most part to secondary or tertiary roles. This is true not only for opposition structures but also for totally loyal authorities and fully controlled parties embedded in the state system.

Their main function, from the point of view of the existing system, is to support the regime, create the appearance of certain political processes in the country, and maintain contacts of various kinds along party lines.

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