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Russia starts talking about annexation of Belarus

Belarus may become the next victim of Russian President Vladimir Putin obsessed with his imperial ambitions.

Russia starts talking about annexation of Belarus

Already "warmed up" by the war in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, the Russian ultra-nationalists raised the issue of allegedly "unfair" existence of independent Belarus within its present borders, Joinfo.ua reports.

Bolsheviks "did not ask the opinion of the inhabitants of Vitebsk, Mogilev, and Gomel, while transferring these cities to Soviet Belarus," the Rzeczpospolita newspaper quotes an article by Kirill Averianov on the website of the Russian nationalists "Sputnik and Pogrom." This website is known for posting materials of chauvinistic nature.

Averianov says that Belarus should be split because the Soviet authorities allegedly "unreasonably decided to create a separate Belarusian republic", so that in 1924-1926 a part of the "genuine Russian" territories were transferred.

"Creation of Belarus was not justified. The area has long been Russified, but there was no national language and popular culture. Among the local proletariat there were no Pro-Belorussian sentiments," the author writes.

Also, according to Averianov, since the Russian authorities have started talking about cancellation of the Soviet Union decision on the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, it is reasonably to start discussing division of Belarus.

"If Mr. Lukashenko promotes the "heresy of independence", then in the east of present-day Belarus there will appear people's republics, which will overturn the decision of the communist government on the transfer of Russian lands to Belarus," the article says.