Pavel Katorzhevsky (Gomel, Belarus)

Member of the bureau of the Minsk Committee of the Belarusian Left Party “Fair World”, social and political activist, political scientist, publicist.


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 Comrade Katorzhevsky, do you think that in the current situation in the Republic of Belarus and Eastern Europe as a whole, today drastic socio-political changes are required?

Sociopolitical changes in Belarus and in Europe, as a whole, are an urgent necessity and do not depend on the desire or unwillingness of individual political forces. The authoritarian-bourgeois regime of Lukashenko is in a state of profound stagnation and exists in spite of both objective and subjective conditions and common sense. In general, the economic policy of the Belarusian authorities today is in line with the recommendations of the IMF, hence we have frankly draconian economic measures that are combined with the authoritarian practice of their implementation. Only a radical socialist alternative can help save our country from neo-feudalism, which will solve the question of power in favor of the working people, and not in favor of a new grouping of the bureaucracy or the bourgeoisie. Of course, we look with hope at the struggle of the left and communist parties in Europe, since the victory of the working people in the European Union will denote the liberation of the working class in our country.

 Do you consider it effective for decades to continue the left-wing domestic, isolationist opposition organizations in Europe, Asia and America? Or is it a way out, nevertheless, in creating a living, really functioning independent anti-capitalist International (International Alliance)?
… If – yes, is it possible, from your point of view of creating such an International today? What ways do you see to achieve real international consolidation of left-wing political forces? And what exactly, first of all, today impedes this process, and what can help?

I believe, that international left-wing associations are in abundance today. At this stage, I consider it more relevant to accumulate by the left forces of different countries their own experience of struggle, which will become a condition for the subsequent integration of the left. But this does not deny the need for discussions and exchange of the experience.
The isolationism and the dogmatism must be overcome!

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