Breivik trained in Belarus 6

New information about Anders Brievik, the Norwegian terrorist, is being published in erstwhile Soviet satellite countries – that he underwent militant-terrorist training in (post-Soviet but still communist) Belarus.

According to this report he was trained under a former colonel of Belarusian special forces, Valery Lunev.

Eastern European feeds are full of details of Breivik’s multiple trips to Belarus, changes in his behavior and wealth, and the training he underwent in Belarusian militant camps. In fact, Belarus’ tight government regime and active intelligence have served a great purpose this time around. … Belarusian KGB kept precise records on Breivik, who was called “Viking” in the intelligence reports.

It appears that the Norwegian terrorist underwent the militant-terrorist training under the guidance of 51-year-old Valery Lunev, a former colonel of Belarusian special forces, who now lives in Netherlands but regularly visits Belarus. According to Mikhail Reshetnikov, the Head of the Party of Belarus Patriots who is familiar with the intelligence records, “Breivik visited Belarus three times. Last Spring, while actively preparing for the terrorist attacks, he entered Poland with his own passport, and then travelled to Minsk under a passport of another European country. He recently got a Belarusian girlfriend and obtained access to significant amounts of money.”

Who paid him? To do what?

His targets were members of a Russia-friendly left-wing Norwegian political party. How did his terrorist actions against them serve the interests of communist Belarus?

It is an impoverished state with a “Soviet-style economy”, ruled by a man who, according to the BBC (which is not unfriendly to collectivist tyrannies), is a nasty tyrant:

[Belarus] has been ruled with an increasingly iron fist since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko. Opposition figures are subjected to harsh penalties for organising protests.

In early 2005, Belarus was listed by the US as Europe’s only remaining “outpost of tyranny”. In late 2008, there were some signs of a slight easing of tensions with the West, though this proved to be only a temporary thaw. ..

In the Soviet post-war years, Belarus became one of the most prosperous parts of the USSR, but with independence came economic decline. President Lukashenko has steadfastly opposed the privatisation of state enterprises. Private business is virtually non-existent. Foreign investors stay away.

For much of his career, Mr Lukashenko has sought to develop closer ties with Russia. On the political front, there was talk of union but little tangible evidence of progress, and certainly not toward the union of equals envisaged by President Lukashenko.

Belarus remains heavily dependent on Russia to meet its own energy needs and a considerable proportion of Russian oil and gas exports to Europe pass through it.

Seems Master Putin may be choosing another class favorite:

Relations with Russia deteriorated sharply in the summer of 2010, with disputes over energy pricing, customs union terms and the presence in Belarus of ousted Kyrgyz president Bakiyev, prompting speculation that Moscow might switch support from Lukashenko to another leadership candidate.

In Russia and Eastern Europe, it seems, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!

There is a mystery here. Does Belarus just train anybody  who applies to become a terrorist, regardless of the use he intends to put his training to, or the objectives he has in mind?  That would mean that Lukashenko (remember nothing official happens in a tyranny  without the tyrant ordaining it) simply wants to promote general chaos.

If not that, what particular Belarusian or Russian interests was Breivik serving? Did Lukashenko want to strike a very indirect blow against Putin by hurting his Norwegian fans?

Perhaps Breivik misled his trainers. Perhaps he told them he intended to bomb the US embassy in Oslo.

With what’s been revealed, there’s plenty of scope for conjecture but little certainty. Rather, uncertainty grows.

And it’s unlikely that explanations will come out of Belarus. None, anyway, that a savvy observer would trust.

Footnote: Of course the whole story of Breivik being trained in Belarus could be “disinformation”, a term coined during the Cold War meaning: false information, spread for mischievous ends through obscure channels on the chance of it’s reaching and deceiving the enemy’s mainstream media and intelligence agencies.

  • yorkstyle1975

    Breivik is said to have gone to Belarus to meet a girlfriend that he met online. I suspect that the Belarus link is disinformation. Breivik is associated with right wing western groups..not commie groups. I imagine he is being linked to Belarus by forces that are anti-commie and against Belarus’ leadership that is against privatization.

  • Joszaruba

    I want to add that the paper is owned by oligarch Usmanov. So this news was more likely released in agreement of official Russian politics. It did not come out in russian satelites but in russia from places close to Kremlin. The Putin’s youth who loves breivik is also terrorizing Russian dissident movement. 

    – look who is Usmanov.

  • Joszaruba

    yes it is actualy very important news, here it was already a few days ago and I did not pay much attention to it. But Putin has slowly mooved from communism to nationalism. His big threat is too united Europe, because he is afraid of isolation. He likes to switch on and off gas pipes if a state does or does not do what he wants.  There are big minorities in the neighbouring regions and he wants to raise their spirit. For example almost a half of Ukrainians have been russified and he wants to keep the influence. The majority of the Russian army is still on Krym, which is in Ukraine. 
    I find especially funny Putin’s friendship with theRussian  Church and with Romanovs. The grand daughter of the last Czar has put to the court the case of the czars murder, and they reinvestigate if it was legal, which is really ridiculous.
    I read often a Journal for Czech Russians -IKONA (Icone), paid by Russian embassy in Prague. It is full of miracles supporting the greatness of Russian nation. There were for example miracles happening in Osetia. The Virgin was saving Russian soldier from Georgian bullets, and so on. – this is Putin’s new “communist youth”. Putin is also supporting the Czech president Klaus, because he is anti EU and pro Russian trade.  I do not know what to think, but certainly  the information was released in Russian paper, and it is certanly favorable to russian politics. If Lukasenko is the main bad guy, the west does not criticize Russia and  it ties Belarus closer to Russia and makes Lukasenko even more obedient. But i do not think the Russians or Belarussians have planned the details. They hate the west so they could train him, but what he finally did – it was certainly a product of his own brain. 

    • Kerry

      I agree Joszaruba, that it was a product of his own brain. I spent considerable time in Belarus and met with Lukashenko on several occasions. This was some years ago…in fact during this time there were many rumors that Saddam Hussein was considering seeking asylum in Belarus….with his billions of course. Putin and Lukashenko have a love hate relationship, and L has learned how not to push too far while wanting to appear independent. I also believe that Joszaruba appears to be more right-wing and Christian…not communist.

      Putin has a passion to be Crowned Czar. That is his aim. He wants to reconstitute the old Soviet borders. Ukraine, as you correctly pointed out, is safely encompassed within that territory now for all practical purposes. Many years ago under the “able” leadership of Yulia Tymoshenko, who was wanted for crimes in Russia when she became PM, executed agreements with Russia to turn over oil, cement, and other state owned companies to Putin and his buddies.

      It is sad that the American President is too stupid and incompetent to lead. Putin and Xi Jinping are schooling him right now.

      • Jillian Becker

        You are right, Kerry, that Joszaruba is a Christian. It makes his long-standing and continuing interest in this website somewhat unusual but complimentary. He is a specialist in medieval culture and teaches at Charles University in Prague. Politically, he is very much on our side over most issues.

  • George

    The more I read about this guy Breivik, the more I see that he was not just some guy that went off the deep end at the spur of the moment over night , but was a radical extremist that trained, plotted and schemed for quite some time and most certainly had powerful elements supporting him.  
                           I never thought long ago that during this era of time  2011 , it would be a time of world wide terror and chaos . I actually believed decades ago that around this time the world would have come together in world peace, harmony,  and unity——————— Holy crap was I wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!