Updated at 01:25,03-03-2021

Rzeczpospolita: Lukashenka resumes repression against Poles


This time, the dictator saw an enemy in a 83-year-old inmate of Soviet camps.

Choosing enemies speaks much about dictatorships. Choosing Weronika Sebastianowicz, a 83-year-old head of the Union of Home Army Soldiers (in the picture), and a small group of even older veterans as enemies, speaks much about the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

A shy woman, whose only weapons are a beautiful heroic biography, has found herself at gunpoint of Lukashenka. A communication agent of the Home Army, who took the oath at the age of 13, and later an inmate of the Soviet camps in Vorkuta and the Krasnodar Krai, under Lukashenka's rule, she became a defender of the Poles and memory of victims of the Communist repression, Rzeczpospolita writes.

Weronika Sebastianowicz, a living legend and an example for the Poles of Belarus, has again faced persecution from the authorities. This time, she is accused of smuggling food, in particular, gifts from a Polish organisation to families of the Home Army veterans in Belarus. The Belarusian authorities demonstrate boundless creativity in what concerns the persecution of the Poles: old soldiers were earlier accused of smuggling illegal drugs.

Why does the regime choose such enemies as Weronika Sebastianowicz? Because she is a symbol of the Home Army, Polish culture and Western influence. It fails to meet the historical policy of Lukashenka with the embellished image of the Soviet Union as its core.