: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Belarus’s Economic Crisis and National Unity

At present, news coming out of Belarus is marked by two particular refrains: the economic crisis and a search for national consolidation. These refrains may be interrelated since negative macroeconomic trends, coupled with a lack of structural reforms that would boost the private sector, make Belarus overly dependent on Russia. And in the absence of a unifying national idea, it would be difficult to resist Russia’s alleged temptation to incorporate Belarus. “The Crimea-like outcome,” writes Yury Drakakhrust of Radio Liberty in his by-weekly column for Tut.by, Belarus’s largest privately owned news and analysis portal, “can be achieved by various means. …read more

Source: The Jamestown Foundation

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