Alexander Kasho: History of false thesis that Belarus is a quasistate, the nation invented by Bolsheviks
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, December 2015, issue 12, pp. 8-22)
One of the theses of the modern Russian information war against its neighbors is the idea that Belarus and Ukraine are quasistates, the nations invented by Bolsheviks. The analysis of the national question in Russia after the October Revolution, inclusively with the thoughts of Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Bertrand Russell, is presented. It is alleged that the positive steps of the Bolsheviks towards the national question (self-determination of nations, later belarusizatsyja) were due to the weakness of the Bolshevik government and Lenin aspirations that the national movements may be temporary allies in the fight for the world proletarian revolution. An example of the establishment of the Bolshevik power in Kostyukovichskij region of Belarus with the participation of fellow Zhbankov in conditions of nationalist movements and anti-Bolshevik sentiments is presented. The views of Berdyaev, Trubetskoy, Loskij and other Russian and non-Russian (Hélène Carrère d’Encausse) intellectuals who denied the right of the Ukrainian and Belarusian peoples to independent existence are critisized. All of those people do not think and do not want to know that Belarus is the sovereign state, and Belarusians is the nation that has emerged in the fight against the empire for the right to existence.