Power Poker: Relations between Belarus and Russia (BPPF paper)

Just before the Easter holidays, the Pontis Foundation and the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies are pleased to share with you the first analysis in a new series of the Belarus Public Policy Fund. This series aims to bring expert quality perspectives from independent Belarusian experts on strategic public policy issues and questions Belarus faces today. In this way, we hope to enhance awareness about these issues and thus encourage and foster public dialogue on a new vision for Belarus.


The first analysis within the Belarus Public Policy Fund series deals with the “brotherly” relations between Belarus and Russia which comes just before the coronation of the new Russian president Medvedev expected in May. The paper takes a deeper look into the interesting changes in the relationship between Minsk and Moscow which are currently afoot. The paper examines these changes in dynamics in detail, looking at the newly-acquired confidence shown by Lukashenka in his dealings with Russia. Meanwhile in the metropolis of Moscow, the priorities of the Russians seem to have changed. The first in the series looks into what factors could have caused a change in attitude to the Belarusians, whilst discussing the central role of business and its influence on the murky world of Minsk politics.

Finally, the paper investigates the idea of a union between the two countries, whilst exploring what influence a change in power dynamics can have on such a proposal. Under these latest circumstances, Russia and Belarus are beginning to formulate an appealing new relationship.
Read the full text:  Bppflachovichbelrus.pdf