Belarus has reportedly launched an initiative this week to ‘de-Russify’ areas of it’s culture following growing tensions between the Eastern European nation and neighbouring Russia.
According to local news site BelNovosti, Belarusian authorities have begun to de-Russify schools across the nation by enforcing a new curriculum that moves away from formerly pro-Russian lesson plans towards a more Belarus-focused course. Authorities are also believed to be working towards promoting a number of pro-Belarusian programmes in an effort to bolster the local culture.
News of the new plans comes after a growing period of tension between the two nations that has thought to have led Belarus into taking steps to politically distance themselves from Russia.
Russia and Belarus were founding partners of the Eurasian Economic Union which came into force at the beginning of this year and the two countries have previously shared a warm relationship. However, in light of recent events in Ukraine, as well as a number of disagreements between Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian regime has begun to show growing signs of anti-Russian views.
The move towards independence from Russia is also believed to be linked with a growing fear of invasion.
Like Ukraine, Belarus has a large ethnically Russian population, as well as a huge number of Russian speaking citizens. Some experts have indicated that the political climate between the two nations would put Belarus in a prime position to be invaded if Russia chose to attack.