In International Manifesto Group

This panel was hosted by the International Manifesto Group on December 13, 2020.

Access a PDF of the transcription of this event here.

The dominant western media have reported the recent unrest in Belarus as a popular protest against a dictator. Our panel delves beneath this portrayal to uncover the considerably more complex background including the roles of the left, regional powers, the Lukashenko regime and its evolution since the end of the Soviet Union and the world context of US China relations.


Jaroslaw Dobrzanski, Philosopher, Historian specialist of Russia, Publisher, Journalist, Translator, Cracov, Poland

Bruno Drweski, historian, political scientist of Belarus and Poland, co-director of the Polish section of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Sorbonne University, member of the Directory Board of the anti-war and anti-imperialist organisation ARAC created at the end of the First World War.

Mick Dunford, Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex, Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Managing Editor, Area Development and Policy.

Boris Kagarlitsky, Russian Marxist theoretician and sociologist, coordinator of the Transnational Institute Global Crisis project and Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO) in Moscow.

Pavel Katarzheuski, Central Committee of the Belarusian Left Party Fair World and one of the leaders of its youth organization.

Moderated by Radhika Desai, Professor, University of Manitoba, Director, Geopolitiacl Economy Research Group

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