How Russian Culture and Media Shape Belarusian Politics
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(2014 Feb 09 07:18)W. R. Wrote:  There are many ways to undermine the Russian cultural domination. Why not let a couple of Ukrainian channels broadcast in Belarus? The Ukrainian and Belarusian languages are similar, and Ukrainian media products are of the same quality or even better than Russian ones. But ZALA package, offered by monopolist 'Beltelecom' does not include a single Ukrainian channel. Looks like our chieftains are so afraid of any winds of changes, that they see the tamed Russian media as the only media that can be entrusted the right to brainwash Belarusians.

What about channels from Poland? Do Belarusians understand Polish? Your country has been closely connected to Poland in the past.
2015 Jan 17 22:57
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(2015 Jan 17 22:57)Kristel Wrote:  What about channels from Poland? Do Belarusians understand Polish?

The border is close, and as a child I often watched Polish TV, mainly cartoons. The phonetics was a bit exotic, but most words were recognisable. For adults it may be more difficult though, because adults are lazier intellectually than children.

Some news: when Łukašenka visited Ukraine in December they agreed with Poroshenko that the Belarusian-Ukrainian TV channel would begin to broadcast in Belarus. It may be the Ukrainian ‘First National’ channel, but with Belarusian news shows and without satire shows that mention Luka: that's how the main Russian channels have been cut/censored here so far.

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2015 Jan 18 09:53
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I have various acquaintances of Belorussian citizenship, or who were at least born with it, and they simply ARE Poles. Quite a biggish minority of Polaks live in the country, especially around Grodno.

Problem is, these people don't speak Polish in their daily lives. They don't even speak Belorussian. Their mother-tongue, to all intents and purposes, is Russian!

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(2015 Jan 18 23:08)Osweo Wrote:  I have various acquaintances of Belorussian citizenship, or who were at least born with it, and they simply ARE Poles. Quite a biggish minority of Polaks live in the country, especially around Grodno.

Here goes an anecdote. There was such a man as Belarusian bourgeois nationalist Vacłaŭ Ivanoŭski. When the invincible German army lead by Adolf Hitler brought us liberation from Judeo-Bolshevism, he became a burgomaster of Minsk.

He had two brothers, one of them was Polish, and the other was Lithuanian.

There is no difference between Catholic Belarusians and Belarusian ‘Poles’, neither linguistic, nor anthropological, nor cultural. There are Catholics that have seen the light and realized that they are Belarusians (like Janka Kupała, who began to write in Polish, and Vincent Hadleŭski, who considered himself Polish before he entered a seminary), and Catholics that still remain in darkness and ignorantly consider themselves Poles. They must be brought to the light.

It's not even my opinion. It is the traditional point of view of Belarusian bourgeois nationalism.

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(2015 Jan 18 23:48)W. R. Wrote:  and Catholics that still remain in darkness and ignorantly consider themselves Poles. They must be brought to the light.

Belarusian cultural imperialism, I see. ;)

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