Is July 3rd a Genuine Independence Day?

On July 3rd, modern Belarus solemnly celebrates Independence Day.

The dictator, surrounded by his entourage, will watch a parade in which soldiers from 8 countries around the world will participate this year (besides Belarus and Russia, there will be representatives from other CSTO states, as well as China). Moreover, along the streets of Minsk, in addition to military equipment used by Russians to kill Ukrainians in Ukraine, Soviet T-34 tanks from World War II will also pass by. All of this is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders.

The dictator seems to cling deliberately to the attributes of the USSR's victory in the war that ended almost 80 years ago. And this is not a coincidence. Take, for example, the date of July 3rd itself. In reality, this is not even the day of the liberation of Belarus or the Belarusian SSR from Nazi invaders. It is the date of the liberation of Minsk. Incidentally, in Soviet times, the authorities marked July 3rd specifically as the day of the city.

From 1992 to 1996, Belarus celebrated Independence Day on July 27th. It was on this day in 1990 that the Supreme Soviet of the BSSR adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty. A year later, it acquired the force of law. However, this date clearly hindered Lukashenko (not to mention March 25th, when the Belarusian People's Republic was proclaimed). Taking a course towards close integration with Russia, he decided to eliminate any mentions of Belarus' autonomous existence. This is exactly what happened as a result of the 1996 referendum. Therefore, he traces the history of our country from the October Revolution and considers the greatest historical achievement to be the victory of the USSR in World War II. A victory that, even formally, did not bring independence to Belarus, as our country remained part of the Soviet Union.

July 3rd is an important date in the history of Minsk. But to speak of it on a national scale is inappropriate. Moreover, Belarus did not even gain formal independence on this day. It is worth remembering this.
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