Alexander Lukashenko is a Belarusian-born politician who is currently serving as the the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and was the former First Secretary of the Communist Party of Belarus. Lukashenko served as the Deputy Chairman to the State Committee on the State of Emergency after the appointment of Gennady Zyuganov as General Secretary. He had been a member of the Committee since December of 1991.
State Committee on the State of Emergency and First Secretary of the Belorussian SSR
On December 12, 1991, Alexander Lukashenko was appointed to the State Committee on the State of Emergency. On the Same day, he became the next First Secretary of a reinstated, Communist Party of Byelorussia, beating out his Predecessor, who was accused of supporting Gorbachev and helping him escape the country.
Lukashenko was a key opponent in the decision to invade the Baltics. He felt that the Party needed to restore order and modify the Soviet Constitution to prevent future government incursions. Lukashenko, when discussing the Soviet Civil War, he said he was not surprised when it spilled over saying that, It was "Bound to Occur".
In Belarus, Lukashenko worked to ensure that the country was moving towards a stabilized economy. Out of the 12 Republics, Belarus had the least amount of failure since the Baltic Wars, as the countries economic reversal was a quick and painless transition.
In 1995, as part of the new Soviet Constitution, the country officially changed the spelling of its name to the "Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic" to reflect the separation of Belarus from Russia and the Russian Community.
Later Years on the Committee
From 1995-2000, Lukashenko quickly rose as one of the leading figures in the Soviet Government, and a key ally of Gennaday Zyuganov, who took control of the country and committee in 2000. Lukashenko was an opponent of any Chinese-style Economic Reforms and was committed to stopping the Soviet Government from ever considering it.
Lukahsenko also began calling for the dissolution of the Committee. In May of 1997, he called for Gennaday Yanayev to sign the executive decree to dissolve the Committee, joining the chorus of thousands agreeing that it was time. Although he had been pressing for its dissolution for years, he could not publicly denounce it until the new constitution was ratified and approved by the Supreme Soviet and Communist Party.
In 2000, Yanayev finally stepped outside and Lukahsenko was mentioned as a possible successor. He trusted Zyuganov however, and voted in his favor. Zyuganov began the process of reducing the Committee's power, and appointed Lukashenko to replace him as Deputy Chairman.
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia.
The Committee was finally dissolved in 2001, and the remaining members were thanked for their service. He resumed his role as the First Secretary and became an extremely powerful member of the Soviet Government. He Publicly condemned the September 11th Attacks, and came out in support of the American People, but blamed them for allowing these insurgents to attack their country.
Lukashenko was initially skeptical of Zyuganov's Reforms, But soon realized that the economic proposals, were more "Leninist" than "Gorbachevist"
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Zyuganov was forced to resign on March 28, 2015 due to allegations of Corruption, and Lukashenko assumed the office of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as an interim until a new one was elected by the Politboro and Central Committee.
On May 1, 2015, his interim status was removed, and he became the nineth person to lead the Soviet Union. Lukahsenko was well received in Russia, and in Belarus for his moderate stance, appeasing both the reformists, and the hardliners that remained from the Old Order.
On May 8, 2015, he hosted a conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Victory over the Nazis in World War II. The Next day, he held the first victory parade in nearly 50 years in the Red Square. Part of Patriot Week, a celebration instituted by the Soviet Government to help keep everyone in line.